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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 Christmas period scheduled in special arrangements, providing in some cases hot festive meals, while frequent queues continued 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.


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 La Cala de Mijas. He survives through occasional money from his mother, food handouts and odd coins from passers-by. But for ‘JR’, who chooses not to beg, his closest friend is Patch.

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. Turn to Page 4

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27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013

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No bonuses THE Junta de Andalucia has decided to do away with bonuses for teachers who improve the quality of their schools by increasing the pass rates.

Train quarrel WINTER VISITORS: Russians looking for sun and sand.

Russians seeking the Spanish sun NINE THOUSAND Russian tourists were expected to flee -20ÂşC temperatures expected at home to spend the Christmas holidays on the Costa del Sol. This area is now the favourite destination in Andalucia for Russians, and many companies are now preparing for their en masse arrival. Over the period from Christmas to Epiphany, some 100,000 Russian tourists are expected to visit Spain, according to data from, which

has been echoed by the local press. In Russia, many businesses close from December 30 to January 8 for the New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Sixty per cent of Russian visitors to Spain will head to CataluĂąa, compared to just 9 per cent in Andalucia, which is the third favourite destination behind the Canary Islands, with 14 per cent. Russian tourists mainly seek sun and sand, as well as good food, shopping and cultural attractions.

WORK on the Malaga Metro has come to a standstill over a disagreement between the City Council and the Junta de Andalucia over whether or not part of it should be above ground.

Local winners TWO tickets for the main prize of El Gordo lottery, 76058, were sold in Malaga province, one in Marbella and the other in Malaga city.


27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013

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.

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


Virgin coast to be built on A BEACH CLUB and restaurant is to be built on Playa de El Cristo, in Estepona. The plans for the project - on one of the remaining virgin coastal areas along the Costa del Sol - have been approved at a provincial level after being under scrutiny since January. The town council previously modified local urban development plans to allow for

the creation of a 9,000-squaremetre green area, a restaurant, a beach club and a large scenic viewpoint. Local councillor for Urban Development, Susana Arahuetes, said the area will be attractive to residents, improve beach access and create employment, as well as ensuring that no high-rise constructions can be built in the area in the future.

However, the spokesperson for the opposition Socialist party, David Valadez, says that the project goes against a 2004 agreement to protect the area from urban development. At the time, the landowner agreed not to go ahead with the construction of 200 homes planned for the plot or carry out any other building projects in the future.

Favour fear THE Civil Servants Union has warned that the candidate for Chief Superintendent of Mijas Local Police may have accessed the position as a favour from Mayor Angel Nozal

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

Quote of the week

PUPILS at the Fernando de los Rios School in Ronda collected toys so that children from needy families could have a gift at Christmas.

TWO more murals are being created in Estepona amid plans to create a special viewing route for tourists, the mayor has revealed.

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.

MALAGA’S agriculture and cattle farming sectors have increased income by 14 per cent to €713 million this year.

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MALAGA UNIVERSITY’S 2013 budget has been cut by €29 million to €225,024,846 mainly due to students enrolling in fewer subjects.

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

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

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Budget drop

Woman,70, hurt

Different debt


What happened with airports and trains also happened to healthcare 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.

Number of the week


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.

Special book A BOOK has been published by the Ronald McDonald Foundation to raise funds for homes to be established in Spain, including Malaga, where families with children in hospital can stay.

Small quake AN earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter Scale was registered in Malaga. The epicentre was in Alcaucin, at a depth of 31 kilometres.

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 has been involved in have had poor viewing rates or been cancelled.



27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013

Homeless person dies in Spain every five days From Front Page 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 that 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 of them is a woman.

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Six to face trial for murder SIX people could face a total of 180 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of a San Pedro businessman in 2009. The trial of six men, five of them Colombians, for the death of Fernando

Moreno, 76, is due to start on January 8 in Malaga. On January 21, 2009, the accused allegedly went to the victim’s business, Hormigones San Pedro, on the road to Istan, knowing from one of his employees

that he walked around the premises every morning before starting work. They allegedly found him and forced him into a van which was provided by the same employee. His hands and feet were tied, he

Activity day for children TRAMPOLINES, rockclimbing, videogames, films, karting, bouncy castles, sumo and gladiator fights and zip-lines are some of the fun activities on offer to children in Marbella. The town is hosting a children’s play park at the Palacio de Congresos until the end of the Christmas school holidays. Open daily from 11am to 9pm, tickets for the event are €8 for a full day and €6.5 for a halfday.

FUN DAY: Climbing is just one of the activities available at a Marbella event.

was gagged and taken to a shed in a rural area near La Concepcion reservoir. He was allegedly left there while the men went to his son to demand ransom money. The €2 million demand was later reduced to €600,000. The businessman’s body was found the next day following a call to tell his family where he was. A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffocated to death because of his bonds and a gag. The Public Prosecutor considers the six accused guilty of abduction and murder and is seeking 30 years in prison for each of them, as well as €200,000 in compensation for the victim’s heirs.


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Police want crooks to have a poor Xmas POLICE throughout Malaga province have been trying to make it a very miserable Christmas for muggers and pickpockets. Extra officers, both plain clothed and uniformed, have been patrolling busy

shopping areas as part of a package of special anti-crime measures over the Christmas period. The main aim is to prevent mugging and pick-pocketing, a crime which tends to rise when malls and shopping areas

are packed with people. Businesses throughout the province were informed before Christmas there would be an increased presence in busy areas, and staff were taught how to identify and prevent crime. They were also told it is important to take notice of suspicious people and vehicles so they would later be able to give a description. Businesses were also warned to be very careful when accepting credit cards for payment, as well as checking bank notes because they could be false. They should always make sure that security cameras are working and hide magnets

which they extract from alarms on purchased products so they can’t be used at other stores. Shoppers are warned to take care when they are in parking areas because there are thieves who work in pairs and groups. While one distracts the driver, another can open the car door and steal items from inside. Jewellery shops are prime targets throughout the year, but are advised to be extremely careful over the Christmas period, and to pay attention not only to their own premises, but to those on either side of them as thieves can enter by making holes through shared walls.

Empty beds for hotels SCHOOL VISIT: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith meet the children.

Banderas visits children helped by Starlite MALAGA-BORN actor Antonio Banderas visited one of the schools which was built with funds raised by the Starlite Gala. Banderas travelled to Acapulco, Mexico, with his wife, Melanie Griffith, to see the work which has been carried out by the Niños en Alegria foundation. The charity had benefited from the Starlite Gala which was held in Marbella this summer. Niños en Alegria, founded by Sandra Garcia-Sanjuan and Alejandra Aleman, has built seven schools for 2,500 children and is currently working on three new schools in a joint project with Carlos Slim, named the richest man in the world. Banderas and Griffith were

received by children aged three to five, who performed a dance for them. So far, €267,861 from the 2012 edition of the Starlite Gala has been given to the benefiting foundations. One hundred per cent of the funds from ticket sales and tables as well as the charity raffle are for the foundations Lagrimas y Favores, founded by Antonio Banderas, and Niños en Alegria. The first Starlite Gala was held in 2010 and it has become the largest charity event in Spain. The fourth edition will be held in Marbella on August 10 and will be one of the events within the Starlite Festival which will last throughout the month.

Visit to the Royal Emissary 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. Children who visit will receive a yearly pass to the Bioparc Fuengirola.

COSTA DEL SOL hoteliers expect occupancy levels of just 52 per cent over Christmas and the New Year. Despite the good weather, the Costa del Sol Hoteliers Association (AEHCOS) is predicting that when they look back on the period from December 24 to January 1 this year, occupancy levels will have been two per cent lower than the same period in 2011. Approximately 35 per cent of hotels

on the Costa del Sol have not opened over Christmas. Although at the time of going to press local hoteliers were still hoping for some last-minute bookings, even the traditionally packed New Year’s Eve reservations had not been up to the levels of previous years. The tourism sector had a positive summer in the province, but is now seeing the number of visitors fall.



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Recycled water solution studied for golf courses MIJAS COUNCIL is to work on a project which will allow all local golf

courses to be irrigated using recycled water. The project, which is backed by the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Society of Mediterranean Basin Water (ACUAMED),

will cost €4.1 million. The aim is to create five pipelines from the sewage treatment plant in Cerros del Aguila, so that the treated water can be used for golf courses and public

gardens. Local councillor for Urban Development, Manuel Navarro, explained that the project needed approval because the pipes pass through urban areas.

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MALAGA’S Angels of the Night handed out some 2,500 Christmas Eve dinners to the poor and homeless, up from 1,700 last year. The association counted on the generosity of local residents. At 20 chicken rotisseries throughout the city, menus could be donated for €6. The buyers paid the money to the rotisseries, which in turn gave the chicken meals, with peppers, chips and tortillas to the Angels of the Night to hand out. This was the third year that the Christmas dinners have been distributed. This year people who qualified for a free meal were also given a food parcel with products donated by members of the public, local companies and the food banks.

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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.

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Night owls

Homeless cheered by Night Angels

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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.

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A SPONSORED swim will take place on Tuesday to raise funds for the Proteccion de Animales Domesticos (PAD). Participants will meet up at the Gun Pub on the Paseo Maritimo in Fuengirola, at noon, with the swim due to start at 1pm

Hot toddies will be provided for all swimmers, followed by a BBQ. The event is to raise funds for the PAD shelter, which rescues and rehomes abandoned cats and dogs in Mijas Costa. More information: 658 351 642.

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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Speed camera plan for La Cala THE main accident blackspot in Malaga province, La Cala bend, will be controlled by new speed traps. The spot is on the A-7/N-340 road at La Cala de Mijas, and is where 21 per cent of accidents in the province occur, the General Traffic Department reported. During the first half of 2013, speed cameras in the area will be changed so vehicles will be recorded as they pass two spots, nearly five kilometres apart, in order to check their average speed. The cameras will be at kilometre 200.4 and 204.8, and the speed limit will remain at 80kph. This plan has been in the pipeline for three years, the provincial head of the traffic department, Trinidad Hernandez, said. Mijas Town Hall and local residents have been demanding measures to improve safety in the area for years. The Ministry of Public Works has also announced that work will be carried out to increase safety on the road, between kilometres 201 and 203, including the installation of signs with flashing lights and improvements to the road surfaces. The location of some of the other 15 speed cameras throughout the province will also be changed so they are located in the main accident areas.




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Charity Christmas time for the brotherhoods RELIGIOUS brotherhoods in Malaga province have been very active during Christmas. Popularly known as ‘cofradias’, their role as a community meeting point for the locals extends all year long, not just during Easter when they are most visible at religious processions. Since mid-December, the doors of many brotherhoods throughout Malaga province have been thrown open to the public. Nativity scenes have been on exhibition, generally until January 8, when the festivities have finished. “We do this as tradition, of course, but it is also a good way to raise some funds for charity. All the food we collect we give to Caritas,” said a volunteer at

HOLY TIME: Families and passers-by taking a look at the nativity scene in the Zamarrilla brotherhood.

the Zamarrilla brotherhood in Malaga city. Brotherhoods and churches are also raising

funds by selling sweets, handmade by nuns. The Carmelitas Decalzas monastery in Antequera and Ronda, Monjas Minimas in Archidona and the Clarisas in Coin are some of the providers. “They are selling very well this year. I think the

prices are affordable and you can see when families come in that they also buy them for a good reason. We help young people with a drug addiction to rehabilitate,” said Father Antonio from the San Juan de Dios brotherhood in Malaga.



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Pensions in Malaga lower THE average pension in Malaga is €780, and there are currently 236,559 people in the province receiving state pensions. This is 2.2 per cent more than the same month last year, according to the National Social Security Institute, which also reveals the average pension in Spain is €836 per month. This includes pensions for retirement, permanent disability, widows, orphans and others. The average in Malaga province of €780.23 is 2.8 per cent more than in December 2011, while the average for

Spain as a whole was 3.1 per cent higher. In the whole of Andalucia, 1,430,960 people receive state pensions, which is 1.5 per cent more than in December last year. The average pension in the region is €761.61, which is 2.8 per cent more than in December 2011. Most pensions, in Andalucia and throughout Spain, are for retirement. By region, the highest state retirement pension in Spain is received in the Basque Country, with €1,183 per month, and the lowest in Galicia, with €788.

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Firemen keep going in Christmas spirit “LUCKILY, in my more than 10 years of experience, we never had to rescue any chimney-stuck Santa.” The Euro Weekly News spoke with Jose Espinosa, Technical Manager in the Malaga Consortium of Fire Stations, about what these brave men do while the rest of us are celebrating with the family and friends. “I do remember once, we received a call from Villanueva del Rosario. They said flames were actually coming out of a chimney. We lost contact with the fire truck, as it was 11.30pm on Christmas’ Eve and the network was busy. We had a rough moment because we

BRAVE: A fireman fighting the blazes in an urban fire. were not able to get any feedback or co-ordinate the situation, but in the end it was nothing too serious,” Jose said.

The Consortium co-ordinates 12 fire stations in the province, all of them in inland areas.

Each station has five working shifts of 12 hours. In each shift, groups of three to five people stay alert. “In the quiet moments, they have special meals if it is Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. But there is actually not much difference with an average day. If we get called, we still have to be out in less than one minute,” Jose said. Firemen are people whose job involves disgusting, shocking situations. This is no more different at Christmas, but the parties get used to the consequences. “Yes, we tend to rescue more people in car accidents these days. “I guess the people drink more than they should. The worst part is when we have to tell their families,” he added.

Accused officers could walk free due to error FIVE Mijas Local Police officers accused of drug trafficking could avoid prison due to a legal error. Malaga Provincial Court has excluded from evidence, information gathered from tapped phones because there was a mistake with the court order which authorised them. The phone taps led to the arrests of the officers when they had the drugs in their possession. But these, as well as surveillance, searches and some statements have been annulled, which could mean the five officers and one other man walk free. The Public Prosecutor was asking for 34 years in prison in total, but after this evidence was excluded from the trial, the case was put on hold. The arrests were carried out by Guardia Civil in Las Lagunas, Mijas, in November 2009. On the day of their arrest, two of the officers found a child guarding 250 packages of hashish on a plot of land in

Fuengirola. He fled when he saw them in uniform and they allegedly called their colleagues who came to help them load 170 kilos of the drug into police cars. They then called a drug trafficker who sent a man with a van to take away the rest of the drugs, before heading to the home of the other man on trial, who agreed to hide it in exchange for money, the court heard Using a shopping trolley covered with a blanket, the officers allegedly hid the drugs in his home. One of them allegedly took 1.2 kilos of the drug back to the Local Police station and put it in his car, planning to take it home to sell. He and a colleague then returned to the spot where the drugs were found, allegedly loaded 12.6 kilos into the patrol car and took it to the house where they had hidden the rest. It was then that they were arrested. Since at least February 2009, they had been carrying out similar activities, the court was told.


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Road deaths reach an all-time low DEATHS on the roads of Malaga province are at an all-time low. This year there have been 19 fatal accidents in which 21 people have died, 14 fewer than in 2011, according to the provincial head of the General Traffic Department, Trinidad Hernandez. Four of the victims were motorcyclists and six were pedestrians hit by vehicles. This means that road deaths have fallen by 36.4 per cent from last year and 80.3 per cent compared to a decade ago, when there were 107 deaths in Malaga, followed by the year with most fatalities, 2003, with 118. More than 52 per cent of the victims of this year’s accidents were not wearing safety elements like seatbelts and helmets. Fifty-eight per cent of fatal accidents were caused by offences; 42.11 per cent from using a mobile phone while driving and 23.32 per cent for speeding. Meanwhile, the number of people seriously injured in road accidents has fallen by 72.7 per cent to just three, and the number of minor injuries fell by 46 per cent. Most of the casualties were aged between 21 and 54, and in 54 per cent of cases, they were the drivers of the vehicles.

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Malaga City will not be allowed to ‘open all hours’

THE Andalucian Government has rejected plans which would allow large shopping malls in Malaga City

to open seven days a week. Malaga Council had proposed that the city be classified as an area

of ‘major tourist affluence’, so that El Corte Ingles, the Vialia, Larios, Malaga Plaza and Muelle Uno

Trawler hits Peñon de Ifach A CALPE (Costa Blanca) skipper was injured when his boat crashed into the Peñon de Ifach. The trawler Iaio Pacurri had left Calpe harbour at around 5.30am and was travelling slowly when the accident occurred shortly afterwards. The crew appeared to have lost control of the boat after experiencing mechanical problems, said Santos Pastor of the Calpe fishing guild. The skipper, 48year-old Antonio Cabrera Perez, hit his face as the vessel ran

LANDMARK: Calpe’s Peñon de Ifach. into the imposing Calpe landmark. Two other crew members were uninjured although a third, Manuel Ferrer Morris, suffered minor leg injuries. The boat returned immediately to port

and the emergency services were called. At the time of writing Cabrera Perez remains in Valencia Hospital where he was taken for treatment. As he was in considerable pain from a fractured jaw and

shopping centres could open on Sundays and public holidays. However, the Junta de Andalucia has only accepted the proposal for the Muelle Uno shopping area at the port. This coincides with the posture taken by Malaga Commerce Federation and unions CCOO and UGT, who were against the city council’s plans. Representatives from all three, as well as members of the Historical Centre Business Association and consumer group Facu, were present when the Public Works and Tourism representative, Manuel Garcia, announced the Junta’s decision for 2013. Shops in the historical centre of the city and La Malagueta area which are already allowed to open all year as they are smaller than 300 square metres will continue to do so. Twenty unable to talk, he larger shops in the area will could not give further also be able to open at details of the mishap, Easter and in August, a Santos Pastor huge difference from the explained. 1,200 proposed by the city The trawler was hall to open all year. lucky to have hit the Malaga City Hall can Peñon wall and not appeal the decision, but submerged rocks, the final plan has to be in sources said. place by January 15.

Making a special time for the elderly CARE HOME assistants around Malaga Province have taken special care to make sure elderly residents have had a Happy Christmas. Dedicated events were held by staff at many homes, with decorations put up and nativity scenes set. It is common practice to have a themed menu which includes Spanish treats like turron (nougat) and other traditional Spanish sweets. “Of course, they are always adapted to their particular health conditions, so we make sure they are sugar-free for the diabetic,” Director of Residencia San Carlos in Archidona Elisabeth Doblado

FESTIVE CARE: Staff and residents in Los Montes seniors centre. said. “We can also serve some non-alcoholic liqueur drinks,” she added. The elderly have lived through many Christmases but for them it is also a moment to be supported

by their relatives, Elisabeth said. “Unfortunately, some of them do not always receive that special family visit. And for those who have no family left, we are their family.”

In La Vega (Antequera) and Los Montes (Colmenar) centres, the elderly were given presents by the Special Centres Councillor Emiliani Jimenez. “And on January 6, they are receiving a visit from the Three Kings,” Carmen Gil, Director of La Vega said. “We are also taking them out for trips to Malaga City, Rute, and Antequera.” The assistants try their best to make the elderly feel at home. “On New Year’s Eve, it is a tradition to eat 12 grapes for luck at midnight, one for each of the last seconds of the year. “But since it is a bit late for them, we enact it at around 9pm,” Elisabeth added.

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Imprisoned at home Wild Wolf off to Dakar A TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD-MAN was arrested by Guardia Civil for allegedly beating and holding his partner captive for five days at the home they share in Vicar. The woman was unable to go to work during the five days she was held captive. The man, who was charged with two alleged offences of domestic violence and illegal retention, had two previous domestic violence convictions with other women.

ALFASINO PACO CORTIJO will be the Wild Wolf team manager for the 2013 Dakar Rally. Cortijo is a former Wild Wolf super-motard rider with 12 years of experience in competition riding.

Cortijo has spent the last six months preparing for the rally, together with the Wild Wolf team pilot, Gerard Farres and mechanic Paco Ivars. “We want to be ready for anything,” he said.


Stories making headlines from Germany

Late post

Tax fraud

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

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

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RETURNED: The honest man handed in the wallet.

Wallet with €550 found A MAN without a stable job returned a wallet with €550, which belonged to a woman, that he found while walking along calle Natalio Rivas in Adra. The hero is approximately 47 years old, of Moroccan origin, has a wife and three children and has been residing in Adra since 1999, where he is completely integrated. He humbly said his actions are not news-worthy and, as a result, he did not want his name published and only allowed a side photo of his face. The woman was thrilled to get her wallet back and, after the man told her to count the money, she replied that it was not necessary and gave him €50 for his honesty. The woman accidentally dropped the wallet after withdrawing money from a bank to pay for her mortgage.


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.

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

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

Firms invest 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.

Pony travels Sweet ruling 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.

A COLOGNE court ruled that Lindt’s chocolate golden teddy-bears cannot be distributed in Germany as they infringe the patented image of gummy bear sweet producer Haribo.


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Ten years for armed robbery in Estepona A MAN has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for holding up an armoured van and injuring a woman in Estepona. The events took place on September 10, when the van was heading to Carrefour in Estepona. One of the guards took €120,000 to load a cash point within the shopping mall and his colleague escorted him. The accused then approached the escort, pointed a gun at him and hit him in the head.

A fight began in which the guard fell to the floor, followed by a shootout between the security staff and the accused. During the shooting, a Red Cross volunteer was shot in the leg. The guard sustained head wounds and a broken back. In the confusion, another man grabbed the money and attempted to take it, but he was caught by some passers-by and attempted to hide the money under some bushes on Estepona seafront.

Drugs carried with children A COUPLE has been sentenced to five years in prison for carrying almost 500 grammes of cocaine in the back seat of their car with their daughters, aged one and 11. The Colombian couple travelled from Fuengirola to Madrid and back in February this year with the children, trying to avoid arousing the suspicions of the police. They intended to sell the drugs and were stopped on the road. The man, 37, has been sentenced to three years and the woman, 33, to two years in prison. They accepted the sentences proposed by the prosecutor and will have to pay fines of €20,000 and €10,000 respectively, as well as the legal costs.

He then took off his clothes and mingled with beachgoers, avoiding being identified by the police. Meanwhile, the accused and another two people who were not identified fled the scene. Only two of the four suspects were ever identified. The man who has now been sentenced had a criminal record. He will have to pay €36,000 in compensation to the injured woman and guard. His partner and the other person were acquitted.

834 people fined MORE than 300 people have been fined in Velez-Malaga this year for urinating in the street. The fines have ranged from €90 to €300. A further 230 people have been fined for putting rubbish in containers out of the time limits and 176 for throwing rubbish on the ground; 96 were fined for not picking up pets’ excrements and 32 for putting publicity on cars.

GOOD LUCK: Christmas lottery hopefuls.

€50.42 per person spent on lottery RESIDENTS of Malaga province played an average of €50.42 per person on the El Gordo Christmas lottery. More than 409,830 tickets were sold throughout the province for this year’s lottery, which was the last in which winners would not have to share their prize money with the Tax Office. The next time the lottery comes around, 20 per cent of the prize will go to the state. Malaga is the province in Andalucia where the fourth highest amount is spent on Christmas lottery. The most is spent in Granada, with an average of €56.25.

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Valencian designs on Michelle Obama VALENCIANO Adrian Salvador, has helped to design clothes worn by Michelle Obama. Adrian is only 23-years-old but in the wife of the US president, plus American Vogue editor Ana

New Year’s style with Aqwa Mist

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FOR a truly unique celebration, superclub Aqwa Mist in Puerto Banus is hosting a New Year’s Eve spectacular. Presented by Marbella Rocks, an Ibiza-style party will feature music from local DJ Duo The Wallem Brothers, and resident DJ Stacey James. To accompany the evening, two LED laser robot aliens will perform and interact with the crowd, as 2012 is celebrated in style. Tickets cost €70 to include free bar from 1am until closing. VIP tables are also available from €500.

LA CALA DE MIJAS Lions Club President Bryan Coventry (centre) presents a five-year service award to charity shop helper Maureen Batstone (right), watched by Rosalyn Rowley, last year’s club

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Wintour, he has already had two iconic clients. After working for leading Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez, he finally decided move to New York where he was engaged by J

Mendel. “Their style suits me,” he told an interviewer in the regional Spanish press. “And you can’t say ‘no’ to an offer like that.” Working in New York is “awesome” he said. “Almost anything is possible there.” One day, his chief put him to work on an order for a client called Michelle. It was only later that he discovered her surname: “I was beside myself when I realised,” he said. Salvador did not meet Obama’s wife in person, but he has met Ana Wintour, when she came to collect a jacket he had helped design. The ‘Arctic Wintour’ Volunteers play an important part for charities. label is undeserved, he said. “She is not nearly so president. Volunteers village, with money frightening without her play an important part raised from items sold dark glasses,” he at the charity outlets going to various needy confided. run by the club in the causes.

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

Restorer 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.


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Prison for woman who attacked Guardia Civil A THIRTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Russian woman, DI, has been sentenced to three months in prison and a €120 fine for hitting and trying to bite Guardia Civil officers while drunk in Roquetas de Mar’s

Aguadulce port. The incident took place at 2.15am on February 20 this year, when she was approached by Guardia Civil officers after they spotted her arguing with her

Tow truck costs vary up to 587 per cent THE cost of a car being towed by a municipal tow truck can vary 587 per

partner. For the sentence, the judge considered the mitigating circumstance of alcohol intoxication as well as having already compensated the injured Guardia Civil officer.

TOW FEES: A fine and fees for the pound will be due.

cent depending on the city. Zaragoza is the city where the service costs the most, at €176, and Zamora the cheapest at €30, according to the User and Consumer Organisation (OCU). Also amongst the most expensive are Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid, where the service costs around €145, and at the opposite extreme, are

Melilla, Leon, Soria and Avila, where it costs less than €50. The average for the whole of Spain is €91. The average price has risen 5 per cent from 2011, although 33 per cent of the cities have frozen their fees. OCU also warns people that if their car is towed, they will also have to pay a fine and a fee for the number of days their vehicle remains in the

pound, which can vary from €2.05 in Las Palmas to €29.65 per day in San Sebastian. In some cities, if the vehicle is collected by the owner before it is taken to the pound, the bill will be less, but in others, even if it is not eventually moved, if just one tyre has been lifted by the tow truck from the ground, the whole fee must be paid.

Man arrested in Palma for choking victims unconscious to rob them A DANGEROUS criminal has been arrested by National Police for allegedly robbing women after choking them unconscious briefly. The man is 42year-old Spanish citizen Juan Sebastian R.P. He was arrested after being spotted by police taking a shoulder bag from a car that had stopped at traffic lights in the Pere Garau market area of Palma. Once in custody, police discovered that he was an extremely violent and dangerous criminal who robbed women after strangling them, and that he had just got out of Palma prison after a 10year sentence for multiple offences.

The first strangulation assault took place on December 12, when a 19-yearold woman who was returning home was choked unconscious after being approached from behind in the vicinity of Calle Lladoner in the Rafal neighbourhood. Her backpack was stolen. The second assault, which was caught by CCTV, came two days later when he allegedly entered a Chinese-run clothes store on Calle Capitan Villa wearing a hood and dark sunglasses and, after approaching a Moroccan woman from behind, he choked her until she fainted, taking her handbag.

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Sandy Hook heroine had Spanish roots THE grandfather of Kaitlin Roig, heroine of the Newtown shootings in the USA, came from Paterna in Valencia. The teacher managed to save her 15 pupils in the massacre at the Sandy Hook school. “When we saw the footage on the television and heard the name of the school, we immediately thought of her,” said her cousin Teresa. Kaitlin’s grandfather, Pascual, sailed from Cherbourg in France with $30 in his pocket in 1920. “My uncle was a clever man, and he went to America to make money,” said Paco, another of Kaitlin’s cousins. He separated from his first wife, Dolores, later remarrying Kaitlin’s maternal grandmother. The two families have not seen each other for around 20 years, but still keep in touch by post and email. “We are very proud of her,” the cousins said.


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Bumper car owner is jailed for death of child THE owner of a bumper car ride has been jailed by Almeria Criminal Court for the electrocution death of a 14-yearold at the Tabernas (Almeria) funfair in August 2008.

He was sentenced to one year in prison, a €720 fine and ordered to pay €210,000 compensation to the parents of the child. RMP, who set up the ride, had illegally connected cabling to the electrical

junction box of a nearby building. The teenager was electrocuted when he got on the platform of the bumper cars and leaned on a street lamp next to the ride.

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have been invested to create the 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.

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Juan Carlos I is on YouTube THE King of Spain has made his debut on YouTube with a video

recompilation of his Christmas messages over the years.

FOR CHARITY: A calendar to raise funds.

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). 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. Members of the photo association got the firemen to pose for a calendar with local disabled children. The town halls helped with the cost of printing and 100 per cent of the money raised will go to ANFAS. There are 6,000 calendars cossting €5 each.

The Spanish Royal Household now has its own YouTube channel, at casarealtv where users can access the Christmas messages which are classified by date and theme. The first one was on Christmas Eve 1975, in black and white. There are also videos with the most representative moments of each of the four decades Juan Carlos I has been on the throne. In the 1978 video, the Queen, Prince and Princesses, still children, can also be seen. It will also be possible to watch this year’s Christmas message from the King on the YouTube channel which aims to improve the Royal Family’s relationship with the people. It will allow users to see the official activities carried out by the King and Queen, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia.

Unappetising warning from local ecologists THE shellfish that graces most Spanish tables over the holidays, is said to be endangering other species. Environmentalist group, Ecologistas en Accion, began a campaign before Christmas, urging shoppers to shop wisely. When buying, members of the public should also warn fishmongers and supermarkets of the harm caused by farmed shellfish, the group claimed. Mainly located in Ecuador, Honduras, Thailand and Vietnam, the mass breeding, fishing and marketing of prawns, scampi and other shellfish are provoking an ecological disaster, according to Ecologistas. The farms are depleting traditional

breeding grounds by overfishing and damaging the seabed with trawler nets, the collective warned. There are other issues at stake, the ecologists insisted, as the human rights of workers are being breached by many of their employers. “Just as we have blood diamonds, there are also blood shellfish tainted by threats, duress, rapes, disappearances and even murders,” they maintained. Neither were consumers aware that prawns produced in tropical waters are being fed on antibiotics and treated with chemical products. These are used to prevent diseases caused by overcrowding and to ensure eye-appeal.

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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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

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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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, among 1,514 men aged 35 to 74. Although 70 per cent believe that doctors are used to patients asking them AUSTRALIAN MP Ian Hunter married his about their sexual problems, partner Leith Semmens in the small town of the same percentage admits Jun, near Granada. they do not understand the The wedding, which was broadcast live terminology used by their online, was held in Spain because Australia doctor. does not recognise same-sex marriages. One in eight claims they Local Socialist mayor, Jose Antonio have never been asked by Rodriguez, was present. He is one of their doctor about the quality Spain’s most followed politicians on Twitter. of their sex life in general, He publicly offered on Twitter to marry all Spain has allowed same-sex and if they have, in 6 per gay couples who encountered difficulty to marriages since 2005. cent of cases it has only been do so elsewhere. Social Inclusion Minister to ask about the frequency Hunter, 52, and his partner, 42, have been together for 22 years. Hunter is and whether they have believed to be the first gay Australian MP to marry while in office. erectile dysfunction.

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Five-year sentence for killing violent father A MAN who killed his father to defend his mother from an attack has been sentenced to five years in prison. The provincial court in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, sentenced the man who beat his father to death at their home in September 2011 after seeing him throw a knife sharpener at his mother’s head. When the bleeding woman started to scream “he’s going to kill me,” her

son grabbed a stick and a hammer and beat his father unconscious before finishing him off with blows from a hoe to the neck and chest. The court, jury and prosecutor have all recommended that the man be acquitted by the Ministry of Justice. In court it was proved that he was suffering from temporary insanity caused by the constant abuse to which his mother was subjected,

Justice switch-off EMPLOYEES of the Spanish Justice System turned off their computers for 30 minutes and gathered outside their places of work in protest at cutbacks and privatisation of the service. The campaign throughout Spain was joined by unions CCOO, UGT, STAJ and CSIF. The main protest took place outside the court in Plaza de Castilla, Madrid.

which led the family to live in constant terror. He also confessed immediately.

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Health care reduced in prisons SPAIN’S Penitentiary Institution will reduce the presence of health care staff in state prisons. From January 1, doctors at six prisons, (Daroca-Zaragoza, El Dueso-Santander, Jaen, Madrid I-Meco, Murcia and Valladolid), will not be present from 3pm until 8am. However, they will be on call, a method which is already used in 30 prisons which are near to large cities and hospitals. For the Civil Servants Union, CSIF, what the Penitentiary Institution is calling “optimization” is “nothing more than a simple cutback.” They complain that the work of doctors and the health of inmates is being endangered, because doctors have to determine by phone whether the situation is an emergency. There are 378 doctors and 512 nurses for 58,927 inmates in Spain, which is approximately one for every 66. Meanwhile, the amount spent on feeding inmates will not be increased in 2013, and will remain at €80 million, the same it has been since 2010. This is between €3.65 and €4.15 per day per inmate. Each inmate gets three daily meals. They get double rations on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and September 24, the Day of Mercy.

Brothel owner sues over contract breach THE owner of a brothel where one of Spain’s most famous cinema sagas, Torrente, was filmed, has

242 weapons seized by police 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 for any of the weapons, for which he charged up to €4,000. Police seized 23 pistols, 16 revolvers, six hand

sued the director for calling him a ‘pimp’. Torrente 4, released in March

2011, is the latest of the saga starring and directed by Santiago Segura, and was partly filmed in D’Angelo, a wellknown brothel in Alicante. This comes a week after a Madrid court ordered that the Segura’s film producer, Amiguetes Entertainment, be embargoed for failing to pay €6,000 compensation for breach of contract. Segura wrote on Twitter “it is sad that a pimp can sue you and the judge takes his side.” The agreement was 16 revolvers were amongst weapon stash. to film there for three days paying €2,000 grenades from the still loaded and because per day, but when Spanish Civil War and they were old and filming started, the World War II, 20 rifles, damaged they were brothel owner was five shotguns, 15 swords, extremely dangerous. allegedly told that 73 bayonets, 14 dress The police fear some of there wasn’t enough swords, seven sabres, 43 the weapons may have money but that the knives and 19 machetes, been purchased by façade of the brothel as well as €19,000 in criminals. His current and logo would appear cash, a Guardia Civil partner and ex-wife, who in the film and it badge and ammunition. both helped him, were would be named twice. Two of the grenades were also arrested.

More rights for parents of hospitalised children THE Spanish Senate has asked the government to allow a relative to stay with newborns who are in Intensive Care Units in hospital. The motion was presented by the conservative Partido Popular and also requests that parents be

allowed to stay with their babies when they are going to undergo painful medical tests. They also demand information and support for parents whose children are forced to remain in hospital so they know their rights. Another

suggestion is creating milk banks in neonatology units in the main hospitals throughout Spain, as Spain has a ‘deficiency’ of such services to support breastfeeding mothers. The PP believes it is important to inform women of the benefits

of breastfeeding for both mother and child. The socialist party backed the motion and said it was regrettable that the degree of commitment from the regional governments to such proposals was not the same throughout Spain.

Tourist class not fitting for legal president THE President of General Council for Judicial Power (CGPJ), Gonzalo Moliner, has complained that he has to travel in tourist class. Following the resig-

nation of his predecessor Carlos Divar for the scandal of his weekend trips to Marbella, they approved an expense regime which Moliner complains is “restrictive”.

He now has to request permission to travel and does so in tourist class, which “isn’t the best image for the person presiding over Judicial Power and the Supreme Court in

Spain”, he complained. However, he said he has a good relationship with the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, and the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy.

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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.

Black snow 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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Shots fired during police chase in Malaga city A MAN was shot by the police after attempting to run over an officer in Malaga city. National Police were carrying out routine checks in Avenida de Barcelona in the BailenMiraflores area of Malaga, when one of them noticed the suspicious behaviour of a driver. He ordered him to stop but instead, the driver accelerated and almost hit the officer with his van. A chase began which lasted almost 10 minutes, during which the suspect drove in the wrong direction along several streets. The vehicle was intercepted once, but went into reverse, knocking a police officer who was chasing him off his motorbike. The driver then attempted to flee again, followed by five patrol cars and four motorbikes, which is when the police opened fire to stop him. The driver, 37, was arrested, but later taken to Carlos Haya Hospital because one of the bullets had gone through his leg. The passenger was also arrested.

A VIDEO taken by a resident of Las Lagunas on his mobile phone provided police with clues which helped them locate a vehicle used in a robbery at a local shop. The youths fled in a white Toyota and on a motorbike after robbing a shop selling typical Spanish meat products. Their exit was recorded by a local man who informed the police and gave them a description of the suspects.

ON THE TABLE: Some of the goods seized from the plantation.

Marijuana in Marbella

A MARIJUANA plantation was found in a residential area of Marbella. National Police Minutes later, the local police located the vehicles but the suspect managed to escape. However, the car, with several legs of ham inside, was found the following day by Local Police. The investigation is now being handled by Guardia Civil.

Intruder threat A MAN, 33, was arrested in Malaga for allegedly holding up a local bar and threatening the female owner and several clients with a large knife. He also stole several belongings.

Lost and found MIJAS Local Police recovered a stolen motorbike in Las Cañadas even before the owner had

seized 47 plants, as well as a kilo of dried leaves and 600 grammes of hashish in pellets.

noticed it was missing. Two people were arrested, one of them a minor.

Caught running TWO people were arrested in Malaga city just minutes after they held up a supermarket with a starting pistol. They were caught while running away and police recovered almost €2,000 which they were carrying.

Attempted robbery TWO men were arrested in Antequera for attempting to hold up a bank. However, the police were quickly alerted and they fled the scene. They had also held up a petrol station on a local industrial estate.

Electrical fitments THE theft of electrical fitments in Mijas has caused the local council losses of approximately €20,000. There have been several robberies reported, included a transformer which has been taken from a school under construction in Las Lagunas.

Fake notes TEN people belonging to a network which allegedly distributed fake €50 and €20 notes throughout the province have been arrested. The members used the notes themselves as well as selling them.

Gang of young offenders arrested A GANG of youths accused of committing at least 20 burglaries in the Guadalhorce Valley has been arrested by the Guardia Civil.


Paranoid attack A MAN suffering from paranoid schizophrenia has been sentenced to eight years in a psychiatric centre. The man thought he was being followed and stabbed a friend after threatening several people on a street in Malaga. He will have to pay the victim €4,500 compensation.

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The investigation began this summer and resulted in the arrest of five youths, all of whom had been living in local centres for minors and moved to apartments

under surveillance once they turned 18. They allegedly met in parks and gardens where they would get to know the area and decide which house

they were going to target. They would normally operate on weekdays, two or three times a week, climbing through windows while the

owners were inside and stealing anything of value. They would take house keys and leave through the door. They used credit cards and bank books to get cash.

A MAN was arrested in Marbella for allegedly attacking his former partner’s friend, 35, who sustained injuries caused by a sharp object. This happened after she refused to tell him where the other woman was.

School attack A WOMAN who was arrested for attacking her son’s teacher in the classroom of a Malaga school has also been accused of injuring a police officer. She denies it and claims that she was physically and verbally abused by the officers.

Drugs found A MAN was arrested at Malaga Airport after he was found with four kilos of cocaine hidden in plastic containers for baby food and cosmetics. He was on a flight from Lisbon after travelling first from Peru and Brazil.

Youths held FOUR youths were arrested in Malaga for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, 20, and beating her boyfriend, 26. One of his teeth and his nose were broken.


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Hospital failed 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.

Six ‘Paradores’ may be saved from closure THE Spanish ‘Paradores’ network has suggested reducing the number of dismissals planned by half and closing just one establishment. Staff at ‘Paradores’ throughout Spain went on strike to protest the company’s redundancy plan which proposed 644 dismissals. At a recent meeting with union representatives, Paradores ruled out closing most of the establishments, reduce the average yearly closing period to three months at 27 hotels and dismiss 350 people. However, the closure of the Puerto Lumbreras Parador in Murcia still stands. They also proposed improving compen-

sation to 25 days per year worked, more than the legal minimum, for up to 18 months. However, the meeting ended with very distant postures, and unions say the conditions are not enough. Throughout Spain, the Paradores employ some 4,400 people. The national ‘Paradores’ have seen the worst year in their history, with occupation levels falling to just 52 per cent this year and now have debts of more than €110. The Paradors which were due to be closed are two in Galicia, two in Castilla-La Mancha, one in Andalucia, one in Murcia and one in Aragon.

CHILDREN: There are fewer women of fertile age.

Birth rate continues to fall IN the first six months of this year, 223,853 children were born in Spain, which is 2.7 per cent fewer than the same period in 2011. The reason for the falling birth rate is there are fewer women of fertile age and women are having fewer children, according to the National Institute of Statistics. While foreign women were keeping the birth rate a little higher in past years,

this year, the drop in the number of births amongst foreign mothers has fallen more sharply from 19.1 per cent in 2011 to 18.7 per cent. The average age at which women have their first child is now 32.1 amongst Spanish and 29 amongst foreign women. In 2011, there were 470,553 children born, three per cent fewer than in 2010.


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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 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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Mayor’s street

Fatal road accidents

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

Bonus rejected 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 central government.

Source: flickr, montuno


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

Illegal pool FINES Mayor Rodrigo Sanchez and his brother face 27 months in jail. Almeria Court heard that 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.

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.


€200m budget 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.

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

Host chosen CREVILLENT has been chosen to

RURAL ROOTS: The flowery costumes are another feature of Verdiales.

Colourful folk dance CLASSES in Verdiales folk dance and music will start in Velez-Malaga on January 17. The lessons will be free and anyone older than eight can sign up. They will be held every Thursday from 6pm to 9pm at the Colegio Andalucia. Verdiales is a variation of flamenco music originating in Malaga Province. It is performed by ensembles of around 10 people host the 13th National Brotherhoods of the Holy Supper to be held in winter 2014. The event is expected to attract more than 200 people from across Spain.

Vets calendar 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.


Oxfam in Elche 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.

called ‘pandas’. They usually play Spanish guitar, violin, castanets, tambourines and the lute, which participants in the course will learn how to play. Others will be taught the agile and rhythmical dance in pairs, while a man or a woman sings with a passionate cry and clicking of fingers. The women traditionally dress in colourful flower-themed outfits.

Fewer debts

Council loan

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

FUMING: Mobile phone companies get most complaints.



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


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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.

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‘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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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

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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.

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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...

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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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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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Grim tale for Xmas welcome to Euroland Hey ho, hey ho and off (to) work we go!


NCE upon a time there was a land flowing with gold run by, and for, rich bankers. They lived in the city with walled streets. The bankers possessed a magic mirror. They enjoyed looking into it. “Who is the fairest and wisest in the land?” they asked. And the mirror always replied: “You bankers are the fairest and wisest in the land.” And so they went out to accumulate untold wealth. During this time Angel arrived in the land and one day when the bankers looked into the mirror to ask: “Who is the fairest and wisest in the land?” the mirror answered: “You bankers are fair and wise but there is one even fairer and wiser in the land.” The bankers were unhappy and became greedier. In revenge they invented magic, highly toxic financial instruments of destruction to poison everyone. One day Angel came to a large house in the land occupied by seven little men. They were called Froggy, Pesto, Brit, Ole, Ouzo, Rompy and Porto. They had all helped to build the house. It had a strange appearance as there was no architectural harmony and bits had been added on to it. They all lived in their own separate quarters so they could enjoy their independence. They were supposed to look after the interests of the people of the land who were once prosperous and happy but were facing a steep decline in their living standards due to the bankers taking and spending their money. They agreed that Angel could stay if she looked after the house.

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One day they came together to discuss affairs and were surprised to see Angel at the head of the table. Brit: Who is sitting in my place? Froggy: Who is taking from my plate? Porto: Who is trying to dictate to us? Ole: Who can create more jobs? Rompy: Who is against the central bank? Pesto: Who calls for less spending? Ouzo: Who wants to reform taxes? However, they realised Angel was wise because her people made and drove big fast cars and they listened to her. But although the bankers seemed intent on bringing the house down, the seven little men spent so much time protecting their own interests, arguing and lining up for photo sessions, they failed to see the walls crumbling around them or find ways to get the people back to work. One day Angel decided to take action to rebuild the house herself. This decidedly confused the seven little men who did not know what to do. They had run out of money and could not agree on how to repair the damage and make the people prosperous and happy again.


CAUTIONARY: A modern-day tale.


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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…

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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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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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2:30am 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

27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013


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


Costa del Sol

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

What to do if you were among El Gordo lottery winners Elf and helpers.

Elf brings fun to auto museum FOR the third year, Malaga Automobile Museum was visited by the Christmas Elf and his helpers. The mischievous character had photos taken with visitors in the exclusive Charron car from 1908. Next Friday, from 5pm to 9pm the Automobile Museum will be in the Muelle Uno area of Malaga Port for everyone to see.

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

BIG DECISION: Invest your lottery winnings or spend? 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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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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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!

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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.

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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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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? Because are blessed or burdened with. not even death removes them. there is a chemistry, a bond between Yes, we go through the ritual of saying When navel-gazing, a thought that you that is often absent in families. blood’s thicker than water. I wonder if would keep most of us occupied would Given tickets to a show, a holiday or these are just empty words without any be, given the choice of 10 people to weekend away with whom would you wisdom behind them. If friendships end share an island or ship with, how many wish to spend the windfall?

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!





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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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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.

12:45am Rude Tube 1:50am The Last Leg of the Year 2:45am Bug 4:30am St. Elsewhere A dream comes true for Dr Craig, while Rosenthal may regret striking a rival nurse. 5:15am Smallville Drama series following the teenage years of the future Superman, Clark Kent.

12:05am The Craft 2:05am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am The Great Artists

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics 7:00am Brainiac Test Tube Baby:Christmas.. 8:00am The Middle 10:00am Terra Nova 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Making Attenborough's Galapagos 4:00pm Neverland 5:40pm Life of PI Special 6:00pm Treasure Island 8:00pm Galapagos with David

Attenborough New 9:00pm Diversity in Dublin 10:00pm Final Destination 11:50pm A League of Their Own

Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About it 3:45am 50 First Dates 5:30am Snow Dogs

12:50am Road Wars 1:20am Brit Cops - Frontline Crime 2:20am Glee 3:20am Road Wars 4:20am Road Wars 5:20am Futurama 5:30am Crash Test Dummies


SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:50am The Cat in the Hat 7:15am Ice Age 8:50am Jack and Jill 10:30am Johnny English Reborn 12:20pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 2:20pm The Hangover Part II 4:05pm Ice Age 5:30pm Johnny English Reborn 7:15pm 50 First Dates 9:00pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 11:00pm The Hangover Part II 12:45am Jack and Jill 2:20am 41

5:40am 'Til There Was You 7:35am 4 Wedding Planners 9:00am Legends of the Fall 11:15am My Week with Marilyn 1:00pm Honey 2 3:00pm Chicago 5:05pm Burlesque 7:10pm My Week with Marilyn 9:00pm Chicago 11:00pm Burlesque 1:10am Beginners 3:00am Hardball 4:55am The Hobbit 5:25am A Valentine's Date

SKY MOVIES ACTION 6:00am Batman 7:55am Spider-Man

10:00am Spider-Man 2 12:10pm XMen: First Class 2:25pm Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 4:45pm Spider-Man 6:50pm Spider-Man 2 9:00pm Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 11:15pm X-Men: First Class 1:30am The Recruit 3:30am Your Highness 5:20am Volcano: Fire on the Mountain

TCM 6:00am Blue Steel 6:55am The Wings of Eagles 9:00am The Big Trail 11:15am Rio Lobo 1:25pm The Searchers 3:40pm Legend of the Lost 5:45pm The Train Robbers 7:30pm Red River 10:00pm 300 12:20am The Matrix





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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


9:00pm The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon & Emily Blunt


10:00am - Underdog

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

12:00am Never Mind the Buzzcocks 12:30am I'm in a Girl Group! Documentary exploring girl groups from the inside out. 1:30am Hebburn 2:00am Twenty Twelve 2:30am The Big Steal 3:40am BBC News

BBC4 8:00pm BBC World News The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Britain on Film 9:00pm Operation Crossbow 10:00pm Carve Her Name with Pride 11:55pm The Real Great Escape 1:20am The Treasures of Ancient Rome 2:20am Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau 3:20am Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma

Channel 4

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.

12:35am Safari Vet School 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Bonnie and Clyde 5:55am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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

Channel 5 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 9:20am Roary the Racing Car 9:35am Mio Mao 9:40am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Tickety Toc 10:10am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 10:15am Castle Farm 10:25am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45am Chinese Food in Minutes 10:50am Meerkat Manor 11:20am Emergency Bikers 12:25pm CSI: Miami 1:25pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:30pm The Mentalist 2:25pm Chinese Food in Minutes 2:35pm Reversible Errors



10:00pm Elektra

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

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics 7:00am A League of Their Own 7:30am A League of Their Own 8:00am The Middle 10:00am Terra Nova 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 4:00pm The Middle 6:00pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm Bond's Greatest Moments 9:00pm The Simpsons 10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm A League of Their Own 12:00am Cop Squad 1:00am Brit Cops Frontline Crime 2:00am Glee 2:55am Road Wars 3:45am

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

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:30am Snow Dogs 7:10am Arthur 9:00am Dunston Checks In 10:30am Team America: World Police 12:10pm Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 1:45pm Junior 3:40pm No Strings Attached 5:30pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 7:10pm Arthur 9:00pm Junior 11:00pm Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 12:35am Team America: World Police 2:15am No Strings Attached 4:05am Women in Trouble 5:45am Dunston Checks In


Island of Lost Dreams 1:45pm Green Lantern 3:40pm Killer Elite

5:25am A Valentine's Date 7:00am Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 8:50am City of Angels 10:50am The Adjustment Bureau 12:45pm Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special 1:15pm Life as We Know it 3:15pm Beautiful Wave

5:40pm First Blood 7:20pm Rambo: First Blood Part II 9:00pm Green Lantern 11:00pm Killer Elite

5:00pm City of Angels 7:00pm Country Strong 9:00pm The Adjustment Bureau 11:00pm Life as We Know it 1:00am The Company Men 2:50am The Lake Effect 4:30am Casino Jack

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:20am Volcano: Fire on the Mountain 7:00am Flight of the Intruder 9:00am Priest 10:30am Spy Kids 12:00pm Spy Kids 2: The

1:00am First Blood 2:40am Rambo: First Blood Part II 4:20am Ironclad

TCM 6:00am Between Heaven and Hell 7:35am The Train Robbers 9:20am Red River 11:50am Legend of the Lost 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm The Magic Sword 5:35pm The Man From Snowy River 7:25pm Twelve O'clock High 10:00pm Wild Geese Ii 12:30am Hell on Wheels 1:25am Hell on Wheels 2:20am Valdez is Coming

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Bankers on his mind Images T of Spain

HE wonderful thing about democracy is its 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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For solutions:

Time Out

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

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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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Madrid’s winter cultural scene is paid for by the banks By Peter Fieldman CURRENTLY Spanish banks, financial institutions and major corporations are seen more as Public Enemy Number One than cultural ambassadors. But to their credit they play an important role in organising and sponsoring a range of art exhibitions through their ‘fundaciones’ which compare favourably with many of the great museums. BBVA, La Caixa, March, Caja Madrid, Mapfre and Telefonica are just a few of the big names who either possess their own galleries and museums or sponsor exhibitions in Madrid and around the country. Their contribution to Spain’s cultural heritage is enormous, enabling millions of people to gain access to some of the world’s greatest works of art entirely free of charge. This winter they are involved with several major exhibitions in Madrid. The most ambitious exhibition is at the Prado Museum. Continuing with its 10-year tradition of organising special exhibitions, the museum, in conjunction with BBVA, has chosen the early works of Anthony Van Dyck for its winter season. Called The Young Van Dyck, more than 90 works have been gathered from the Prado’s own collection as well as other collections from around the world covering the period 1615 to 1621. It has taken more than two years of collaboration between Alejandro Vergara, curator of Flemish art at the Prado and Friso Lammertse, from the Rotterdam Boijmans van Beuningen Museum to plan this first major exhibition of Van Dyck’s prolific output to be held in Spain. Van Dyck, born in 1599 in Antwerp, was raised in a middleclass family. However, his mother died when he was eight and then his father ran into financial difficulties. While his brother and sisters took up a religious calling, Van Dyck only wanted to paint. He managed to become an

LEFT: Samson and Delilah circa 1618/19, courtesy of Prado Museum. BELOW: Anthony Van Dyck was a prolific artist.

PETRONAS TOWERS: Skyscrapers project financial power. apprentice to Hendrik Van Balen, a renowned Antwerp artist, where he began to develop his own individual style, experimenting with colours, texture and brush technique. His precocious talent enabled him to become an independent artist at the Guild of Antwerp aged 18 and he began to collaborate with Peter Paul Rubens in his workshop. Rubens greatly influenced the young artist and many of his baroque

works seem to follow the master, albeit adding his own personal touch. In March 1621 Rubens agreed to include Van Dyck’s name on paintings from his studio, describing them as ‘Rubens and by Van Dyck and other pupils’. During his teenage years, Van Dyck’s output was vast, producing more than 160 paintings, many large scale historical, mythological and religious works, where Rubens’ influence can be clearly seen. However, he developed into a remarkable portrait artist, for which he is perhaps best known. At the end of 1621, after spending a few months in London, he left Antwerp for Italy. He was still only 21. The exhibition provides no indication of the second period of Van Dyck’s career which was cut short by his early death at 42 years. In Italy he studied Tiziano’s works and produced portraits following the style of the great Italian artist. But in 1632, Van Dyck returned to England where he spent the last years of his life. His reputation led to his appointment as official Royal Artist and perhaps this is why the British associate him with his portraits of King Charles 1. He painted more than 30 portraits of the king and was knighted for his services. He died in London in 1641 and is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Van Dyck takes his place among the great artists of the 17th century which included Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Brueghel, Hals, Velazquez and Ribera, Zurbaran, Philippe de Champagne, Georges de la Tour and Claude Lorraine, to name but a few. Opposite the Prado, the Caixa Forum is noted for its original architecture and the vertical garden which covers the wall by the entrance. Its temporary exhibitions are as original as its

Van Dyck produced 160 paintings during his teenage years structure and the current exhibition is no exception. The Caixa Forum has come up with an original theme to look at the role of high-rise buildings through the centuries. Its Towers and Skyscrapers exhibition ranges from biblical subjects – the Tower of Babel – to the world’s tallest building in Dubai using models, drawings and photographs to describe the progress and importance of building higher and higher. Apart from mythology and

artistic imagination, the first skyscrapers were cathedral spires and minarets. When governments began to rule our cities and nations, these symbols of religious power had to compete with town hall spires and, of course, this century we have seen how buildings have come to represent the domination of financial and corporate power. On display are many wellknown city landmarks, showing how they were constructed, as well as some ambitious projects yet to be built, designed by the world’s leading architects and engineers. It is a fascinating insight into the way our towns and cities have developed and perhaps provides a futuristic view of how we will be living and working in the future as land becomes scarcer and more expensive in our cities.

Young Van Dyck (El Joven Van Dyck), Prado Museum, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, to March 3, 2013 Towers and Skyscrapers (Torres y Rascacielos) Caixa Forum, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, to January 5, 2013

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Cambridge 800 consultants rewarded THE staff and a number of Cambridge 800 consultants from Spain were flown over to attend the annual Cambridge Weight Plan, UK Conference, in November, which was held to celebrate the successes of dieters and consultants alike. The theme this year was ‘your time to shine’ in the spirit of the Olympic torch. As ever Cambridge rewarded slimmers who had lost significant amounts of weight in the face of adversity and consultants who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to support their customers. Not only did Cambridge throw a great party, but there were many interviews with slimmers with both before and after photos and it was difficult to hold back the tears when they told their stories about the monumental challenges they had managed to overcome, and how their life had changed for the better after they had lost their weight and had managed to

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The Christmas Hangover CHRISTMAS wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate, without cake, without lots and lots of sweet things but is there a price to pay! Yes is the answer as you may now feel sluggish, lethargic and basically, want to do nothing but curl up on that sofa and Over-indulgence of chocolate can let the world pass you by. Your make you sluggish. digestive system will also be sluggish and tired but fortunately, temptation strikes, think twice there are lots of things that you can emotions can be a powerful eating do. trigger. Are you really hungry or just I hope you enjoyed the Christmas bored, tired, or lonely? Get outside fare and you may even continue into for a brisk walk and see how you the New Year but remember the feel. Pick up the ‘phone and speak price to pay. We don’t want you to a friend. Do something different. feeling constantly tired! The New Are you aware that thirst is often Year brings a new start so plan to mistaken for hunger? Drink a large succeed, get your healthy eating glass of water and then another and programme back on track and get … you might surprise yourself! This out there and start exercising. will not only help clear away any Feel good about yourself because bloating but will also help wash no matter how far down the away toxins. If drinking water bores chocolate slide you have travelled, you, add a slice of lemon or orange there is always something that can and see and feel the benefits. On be done. You want to feel energetic, the inside, lots of water will help not lethargic, you want to feel your digestive system and on the confident in yourself and how you outside, your skin will get a look but above all, you want to feel hydrating boost. that you are in charge, you are in In the New Year, hide the scales control of your health and that you you won’t like what you see and will look good and feel good. don’t panic. Drinking loads of water Festive season aside, when that you have now promised

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yourself (not sugary fizzy drinks) and good old fashioned exercise will get rid of this excess. However, don’t punish yourself with your exercise; this is a common road to failure. Find something you enjoy, exercise with a friend, get a dog or borrow someone else’s and go for walks. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise so get your good fitting shoes on and get out, even if it is only along the paseo. When it comes to your food, don’t starve yourself. Keep your metabolic rate high by eating smaller, balanced meals throughout the day - and keep it up. Eat sensibly and healthily and the over-indulgencies of the Festive Season will just be a distant, pleasurable memory.

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Perfect Liaisons set to launch dates in 2013 SIMON HINDLE, founder of Perfect Liaisons, has come up with a solution for ladies who need a suitable date for dinners or corporate do’s at short notice. Inspired by ‘Invite for a bite’ (as reported on CNN), a social media site hooking up ladies with lunch dates, Perfect Liaisons, which is

due to launch in the New Year, will go one step further by providing platonic male companions for specific events. Perfect Liaisons will bring a brand new service to the Costa del Sol, with a mission to provide a team of platonic male dates who will be good company in

Monday morning blues WANT a last-minute doctor’s appointment? Well try the start of the week. A study has found this is when patients are most likely to miss their consultations due to Monday morning blues, so there may be a few last-minute spaces. The study speculated that people find it harder to drag themselves out to an appointment straight after the weekend and would be less able to cope with the prospect of being given bad news or having an unpleasant treatment. By Friday, the psychological boost of it being the end of the week increased their resilience and so improved attendance.

Need to see the doctor? The team from Glasgow University analysed the attendance records for more than four-and-a-half million out-patient hospital appointments across Scotland between January 1, 2008 and December 3, 2010 and found that missed appointments steadily decrease as the week progresses.

any type of social situation. The company is currently recruiting a team of high calibre gentlemen with a view to launching the service at the beginning of 2013. Increased interest in online dating throughout Europe highlights the number of singles signing up to find a long-term partner, whereas Perfect Liaisons will offer an instant solution. What’s more, all liaisons are personally interviewed to ensure they will provide the five star VIP treatment expected. Already a popular concept in the UK, there is always a need for this type of service. Singletons dining alone often find themselves seated at the worst table in the restaurant. Females on business in a strange city often eschew dining alone and those who brave it out, rate their experiences as less than enjoyable. The solution is obvious – don’t eat alone, hire a date. Simon says, “It’s unlikely that attitudes towards ladies dining out or attending functions alone can be changed overnight, but it is possible to find a ‘walker’ who will be good company and will do his best to make sure they have a great time. “We would like to hear from well presented, confident and considerate men who would be comfortable attending all types of social events.”

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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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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 antiageing 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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FINE DINERS: Satisfied customers include John and Maddie, and Jane and Steve. Advertising feature

Korma Restaurant is firm favourite with the locals

By Bryan Rand KORMA is a new Indian restaurant which opened its doors in Riviera del Sol recently and has become very popular for its authentic Indian dishes. The kitchen is under the guidance of one of the best Indian chefs, who produces all of the well-known Indian dishes in a truly authentic form. But in addition he has prepared a menu with some speciality dishes. On my last visit to Korma I had the chance to talk to some of the customers in the restaurant. John and Maddie are local residents who return time after time because they enjoy the ambience and the reliability of the quality food.


Jane and Steve, who own Oscar’s bar in Calahonda, were eating in for the first time but are regular takeaway customers. In fact, they recommend Korma’s meals to their customers and keep the full takeaway menu available in their bar for the convenience of customers. Korma’s menu is extensive and all the dishes are reasonably priced. Service is great at Korma where the staff has a friendly attitude and it is obvious that they really care that you enjoy your time with them. The restaurant is decorated in an open, modern style with a large open terrace with beautiful views over the sea. It has ample seating inside and on the terrace.

The reliable cuisine, decent-sized portions and reasonable prices together with the efficient, smiling service, make the place very attractive. Korma is open all week from 6pm to midnight and is easy to find as it is located just off the N340 on the Riviera del Sol roundabout exit, next to the supermarket. There is more than adequate free parking around the restaurant If you would rather have an Indian meal in the comfort of your own home, Korma offer a take-away and free home delivery service. Korma Restaurant Riviera del Sol 952 90 66 28

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Blue cheese good for the heart OVERINDULGED 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 antiinflammatory properties which could help protect against heart disease. As it ripens, a process occurs which is good for a healthy gut, helps slow arthritis and can slow the signs of ageing,

according to a Cambridge-based biotech company. It says Roquefort’s properties could be extracted and used in pharmaceutical and antiageing products. The study suggested that 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.

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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Counting the calories over the holidays THE average woman gains five pounds over Christmas and New Year. 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

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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 Top tips for keeping weight gain at bay. the turkey as it is full of lean protein and fills you up more your hangover and weight gain. quickly than carbs. Steer clear of creamy liqueurs, 5. With New Year upon us it is some of which have 180 calories easy to rack up the calories and eight grammes of fat per consuming alcoholic beverages. glass, and stick to Champagne; Drinking a glass of water between 111 calories and zero fat per every alcoholic drink helps reduce glass.

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A splash of water good for 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 effect it has on skin. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturise skin and increase skin elasticity. It can also reduce the risk of ADDING spices or chillies to food for a boost of heat can also help cancer, put you in a you feel satisfied. Dishes that are loaded with flavour will stimulate good mood and you taste buds and be more satisfying so you won’t eat as much, and less likely to get sick, when a burst of sweetness is needed, suck on a red-hot fireball just what you need to candy for a long-lasting flavour with just a few calories. battle the January blues.

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HAVING ready-to-eat snacks and meals-in-minutes staples on hand sets you up for a successful start to a lighter year. You’ll be less likely to hit the take-away if you can make a healthy meal in five or 10 minutes. Stock your pantry with: 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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Foods that fight fat To peel off pounds and keep a hold on your hunger, stick to these snack secrets. Eating more of

certain foods, even pizza, can help you lose weight; the perfect solution to Christmas indulgence.

Cottage cheese It’s the perfect breakfast because it will satisfy hunger until lunch. Cottage cheese has whey protein, which releases hormones that tell your brain when you’ve had enough to eat. Look for low-fat versions, which have 80 calories and one gram of fat per half cup. Egg whites The amino acids in egg whites help build lean muscle that may in turn help rev metabolism. Add

mayonnaise, it has the same taste and consistency, but with less fat. Yoghurt has fewer than 10 calories per tablespoon,

low-fat cheese to your whites for flavour. Porridge Pouring a second bowl of cold cereal is easy, but making another bowl of porridge is a little trickier, so in turn you will subconsciously not bother. Plain oatmeal has no added sugar and keeps blood sugar steady. Sushi Its low-calorie and most importantly, filling. A piece of sushi has 30 to 40 calories and plenty of satiating protein. However, skip rolls that are fried or are made with mayonnaise as they carry hidden calories. Pizza Making your own meals, including pizza, is a smart way to trim calories because you control the ingredients. Using low-fat cheese will also cut saturated fat. And vegetables are loaded with fibre. Peanut butter Spread it on a piece of light wholemeal bread and it will stick with you until dinner. Peanut butter has satisfying healthy fats, but watch you portions, though, two tablespoons contains 190 calories. Beans Perfect to replace red meat, beans are great when you’re craving something with substance. They’re only approximately 150 calories per half cup and full of protein, fibre and antioxidants. Toss your favourites into soups, salads and chilli. Fat-free plain yoghurt A tip is to stir it into a tuna salad instead of

versus 90 in regular mayonnaise. Mix in mustard to create a spicy Dijon alternative with bags of flavour.

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INCORPORATING the following super-foods into your everyday meals will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, and live longer.

Omega 3-Rich Fish Most prevalent in fatty, coldwater fish, look for wild salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel. Aim for two-to-three servings a week. Other forms of omega 3s are available in fortified eggs, flax seed, and walnuts. These superfoods have the added benefit of being high in monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol.


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Foods to the rescue Blueberries Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also antiinflammatory. When selecting berries, note that the darker they are, the more antioxidants they have.


CHOCOLATE: One of the tastiest superfoods.

Fibre A diet high in fibre will help you maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. As a bonus, because fibre helps you feel full longer, it’s a great tool in weight management. Whole grains, beans, fruit and vegetables are all good sources. Try throwing some beans in your salad. Tea The overall antioxidant power of black tea is the same as green tea, but the latter has ECGC, a powerful antioxidant. A recent Japanese study on green tea found that men

who drank green tea regularly had lower cholesterol than those who didn’t. Dark chocolate Packed with antioxidants and with the ability to lower blood pressure, dark chocolate is definitely the tastiest of the superfoods. Look for chocolate with 60 per cent or higher cocoa content; the darker, the better. In addition, the darker it is, the lower the fat and sugar content.

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A secret mission gone wrong ‘benefits’ Mojacar! - (Part I) HE blew into town without fanfare or acknowledgement. He was one of the men that would change Mojacar from a forgotten and lost hilltop village, displaying but a dash of cubic influence, into a beacon name for the entire eastern half of Almeria. He didn’t arrive in a motorcade nor was he welcomed by the mayor Don Jacinto at the foot of the hill. He was a thing of destiny brought by the wind and travelling the 18 hours non-stop from Madrid on a nineyear-old beat-up scooter. He arrived unnoticed to anyone but the goat

Fuente plus donkey: The village then in the early 70s (late 60s).

Ric Polansky Looks back to when he first moved to Mojacar in 1969 and became one of the pioneer developers. He reads extensively and travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

Mojacar 1970: Village photo taken back then. herders roaming the barren hills. Yet within hours, he was the most

talked about person in the village. Curly golden hair and the chiselled

features of a Hollywood movie star, he attracted immediate attention. Everywhere he went he was asking questions. Who owns this land? How much is it? No fashionable hotel suite was part of his wardrobe of camouflage nor answering others’ questions concerning himself. He was mysterious. Worse yet, he was an American, which sent up the hackles in that pure British bastion of decorum, dignity, and the right way of doing things. He was an enigma, and that upset everyone. People just had to have more information, know his background. What was he really up to? Rumours swept through the village he was a CIA agent investigating the lost Abombs of Palomares. Or he was at least an FBI man, although no one could link the two institutions so the riddle became more perplexing. Finally, the noisiest of the English lot decided he couldn’t be anybody.

He wasn’t trying to impress anyone nor was he buying anything - just asking. Nevertheless, he was suspiciously watched and anyone he spoke to was interrogated in vivid detail about his enquiries and references. He slept alone in a deserted farmhouse without windows or doors “remaining still at night so the scorpions wouldn’t bite him,” he liked to say. He rose early each day and went about his job constantly asking, enquiring, collecting information about the town, how it worked, were there carpenters? Electricians? Whether the strangely dressed people could be trusted – in short, whether ‘business’ could be done. He was on a secret mission but nobody knew it. His name was Paul J Polansky and he had sped down from Madrid. Throughout his twodecade stay here, he became known as ‘Palankey’ and remained the most talked about personage with his every

move and motive questioned and analysed well into the long drinking nights by the barstool observers. Future biographers of those times will insist what he was actually up to was a well-guarded family secret. It wasn’t. Paul enjoyed talking about those early days and the set of sad circumstances that turned him from a writer of guide books (concerning Madrid, Bullfighting, Flamenco) into a ‘businessman’ further bringing the area of Mojacar to the general attention of Europe. An American football star in high school, he went to the Jesuit University of Marquette, Wisconsin, and took a few Spanish courses to keep him close to his great idol, Ernest Hemingway. His teacher, Doctor Soto Ruiz, a most learned man, was most ‘simpatico’ to Paul’s yearnings for world adventure. But, no one ever knew much about him. Paul had plans, and they needed to remain secretive. He had entered a contest to leave Madrid, forget his writing, and move to Mojacar.

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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. These have highlighted the common sense of ensuring that your main plantings are both drought and frost resistant. Also make sure all steps are taken to reduce the amount of water required to sustain an attractive and productive gardens as discussed in our book ‘Making Waterless Gardens A Practical Reality Worldwide’. This is published as an Amazon Kindle E-book and as a limited hard copy edition available at talks such as the Costa Blanca Gardeners Circle on February 6, Homes Gardens and Lifestyle Show in Algorfa on May 29/30 and Axarquia Garden Club on June 11. Coaching plants to dig deep The long dry conditions have been ideal for coaching plants to put down deep roots into the soil.

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SAGE ADVICE: Spectacular display after Autumn rains.

Many areas of our established garden were not watered all summer and others only when plants showed signs of stress. 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.

Interestingly most can be incorporated into the garden and not looked upon as weeds. Good mulching is essential reducing the time spent watering and weeding. There are more than 29 forms of effective mulching described in ‘Making Waterless Gardening a Practical Reality Worldwide.’

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. Adapt the garden to accept and integrate the free and unexpected plants created by unplanned germination.

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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Community fees -All for one, one for all

WHEN the question arises of who This is a very important point, as a tenant or with a rental agency, could be sued for the non-payment it is more than likely that a smart the community is still not of community fees then the logical community will go after the owner authorised by law to start legal answer would be ‘the owner’ but with the most money. proceedings against either of them complications arise if ‘owner’ For the second part, it is quite for unpaid fees. Court procedures becomes ‘owners’ or an agreement normal that as part of a rental can only be made against the has been reached whereby agreement either a tenant will pay owner or owners. someone else takes responsibility the community fees directly or that Some communities may offer a for the payment of prompt payment discount community fees. provided community fees For the first part, when are paid by a certain date a property belongs to but if no payments are more than one owner, for made and the tenants or example, three brother, agency also missed the By José Luis Navarro then many people would deadline then ultimately it think that each brother is the owner who is Solicitor for Intercala Administration would be responsible for responsible and furtherjust their own share and more the owner forgoes having paid their share, the discount and must pay Pete Woodall, Woody's Los Boliches then the community the full amount. If the should look to the other brothers, a rental agency will agree to take situation continues and the as owners, for any unpaid responsibility for paying the community takes the owner to court community fees. community fees. then it is the owner, not the tenant or This is not so according to the This type of agreement is of little agent, who is responsible for the general opinion of the Spanish interest to the community, except court costs and the solicitors fees. Courts, to them a community debt when the community fees go In short, all owners are is binding on all of the co-owners unpaid, then suddenly it becomes responsible for community fees. It is and if unpaid the community is free of great interest. When the fees in their interest to ensure tenants to claim the total amount from any stop and the court action starts it is and agents are up to date, as per one of those owners. the names of the owners that are their agreements, with their If a claim is made against just sought. payments and if they are not then one of the co-owners and it is The law that governs these they can take legal action against upheld by a court then that owner situations is the Law of Horizontal them and claim back the unpaid fees. will be obliged to pay the whole Property and under article 9 the As usual we the lawyers for Intercala debt in full. The owner is free to payment of the community fees is Administration advise you to seek make a separate claim against the seen as part of an owner’s duties. competent and informed other owners for money paid on Even if the community is well aware representation in all manners regardtheir behalf but that is of no that a payment agreement has ing the law and wish you “Feliz consequence to the community. been made between an owner and Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo”.

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Gallardon has done the opposite of what his father did with legal fees Translation of an article published in La Opinion de Malaga upon request of Ley 57 AN obvious question is, what do you think of the Legal Fees Law? It is an attack against lawyers and barristers, but mainly against citizens. From now on, people will think long and hard about whether or not to go to court, or simply rule it out. The fees were announced last year, how

much time has been given over to them in this book? Less than we expected, as the draft bill was presented in April with the first feelers from the Ministry. We naïvely thought the draft would be discussed and modified, but not a single proposal was presented.

Insurance recovery BY 2016, the Spanish non-life insurance segment, which accounts for all insurance excluding life, is expected to recover to the levels recorded in 2007. The gradual economic recovery and increased per capita annual disposable income is expected to drive a growth in the sector in the next few years. The Spanish non-life insurance segment has been highly competitive, with motor and property insurance together accounting for more than 90 per cent of the segment in 2011. Motor insurance, despite being the leading category in Spanish non-life insurance, registered a decline recently at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of -3.8 per cent, whereas property insurance registered marginal growth at a CAGR of just 0.5 per cent. The Spanish non-life segment started to decline in 2009 due to the global financial crisis, which continued in 2010 and 2011 due to the European debt crisis.

How did the idea come about? Manuel and I know each other online, but we have never met face to face. I started of my own accord and contacted him when I found his work on the same subject. From then on we divided the articles between us, although everything that one did was later checked by the other. Then you met him at the presentation… No, because he was only present via videoconference. Will Gallardon give in to the complaints of the General Prosecutor, the General Council of Judicial Power and the Supreme Court? I don’t think so. A parallel law to bring down the cost of certain fees may come out, but so far, the means for appealing have not been changed. Fee or tax? Clearly a tax. They can say what they like about the fees being necessary to pay for free legal services which some will

benefit from, but citizens who want to appeal will have to pay for something which they did not need to pay for in the past. Who is the book aimed at? There are 11 critical articles and we would expect it to be mainly purchased by professionals, but it is also accessible for any citizen who wants to know more about the law and its consequences. There are also some anecdotes. Such as…? The current Minister of Justice is doing the opposite of what his father, Jose Maria Ruiz Gallardon did. In 1986, he fought to do away with legal fees to make justice free to all. He even exposed the reasons for this in a beautiful way. Is Gallardon the only one responsible for this law? I think it is shared with Luis de Guindos (Minister for Economy and Competitiveness). Are you very

critical? Yes, but we don’t get personal. We only criticise the idea. What do you think about the judge of Benidorm refusing to charge the fees? I think it’s more symbolic than practical, because I doubt a judge would be able to break the law.

As a lawyer, have you seen situations regarding fees which attracted your attention? Yes. A client’s father died and the insurance has said they are not going to pay out because once, years ago, he missed a payment. My client will have to pay €500 just to take the case to court.




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A favourite place for your cat to hide A

CAN YOU HELP: Five dogs looking for homes

Help to make a change AXARQUIA Animal Rescue is a small group of volunteers dedicated to helping and rehoming animals in crisis in the Axarquia region. Homes needed Gino was rescued during terrible storms and is eight weeks old. Jessie is four weeks old and was found in a bin. Jambo has been handreared since being rescued after his mother was poisoned and died, and is nine weeks old. Bonnie and Blaize (B&B) are approximately

eight weeks old and were also found in bins. They are all currently in foster homes and will soon be starting their vaccinations. They have had such a bad start to life, can you give them the forever home they deserve? They will reward you a million times over with lots of love and affection. Find out more information at www.axar, where more animals are listed who are looking for homes.

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.

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? 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

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

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.

Johra Alami, Puerto Banus CHRISTMAS CHOP: More lion than dog. Submit fun pet pictures to, in as high a resolution as possible. Please include name of the pet, your full name, where you live and if relevant a couple of lines to explain the circumstances of the photo. Due to space restrictions not all submissions will be used.

Dog depression ANIMALS are prone to feelings like humans. The latest discovery is depressed dogs. Although all hounds are susceptible, small, affectionate breeds who are close to their owners are more prone to anxiety and sadness when separated for long periods.

Depression in dogs can be triggered by several factors: environmental change, seasonal change, and hormonal imbalance. Symptoms include refusing to eat or play, isolating itself or scratching without apparent reason, even hair and weight loss.

UNHAPPY PUP: Dogs can suffer from depression, just like humans.

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A spectacular 2013 calendar THE firemen from the station in Ronda have launched their brand-new 2013 calendar. All funds raised will be allocated to different charity programmes from Caritas organisation and the local community kitchen. Calendars are sold for €3 and there are 2,500 copies available. This new year’s calendar features spectacular photos from some of the most shocking actions and rescues performed by Malaga province firemen. All shots were taken by press professionals Javier Flores and Salvador Salas, who usually go with the fire fighters in extreme situations. “We wanted to portray encouraging, brave actions this time,” sources from

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U K C H A RT E R E D A C C O U N TANT providing tax and accounting advisory service. Emergency UK tax returns also handled. Full translation service o f fe r e d . Call Jonathan Porter FCA on 678 451 788 or email (204405)

Air Conditioning FAIRPRICE Air Conditioning, Installations and Re-gassing. Tel: Jim 652 023 012 (203046) T1 AIRFLOW Air conditioning fo r c o o l i n g a n d h e a t i n g u n i t s . P r o fe s s i o n a l , fu l l y g u a ra n t e e d i n s t a l l a t i o n s . Tel: 952 443 222 (203104) A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G repairs and servicing. Airflow. 952 443 222 (203104) AIR CONDITIONING heating installation, servicing, repairs and regassing, 24/7. Prompt reliable service 620 020 232, 951 165 090 (204246)

ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Please see our main ad on page 92. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadeslacala@hot (101730) BLINDS, awnings, mosquito s c r e e n s , c u r t a i n s , va s t c h o i c e . A l l a r e a s c ove r e d ! Coast and inland. 655 825 931 (202721)

Bath Repairs BATHOLOGIST. Specialist in repairing chipped baths or r e fu r b i s h i n g o l d / w o r n baths. No mess or disruption. 678 808 837 (101382)

UPHOLSTERY for boat cushi o n s i n fa b r i c a n d l e a t h e r, b o a t c o ve r fo r s a i l i n g a n d m o t o r b o a t s . w w w. i r i s phone 647 764 426 (204415)


L.G.S CONSTRUCTION. All building work undertaken. New builds, extensions, reforms, driveways, slabbing, brickwork, internal & external tiling. Ground works & concrete specialists. All work guaranteed. For a free quote. Tel: 699 049 296 lightgaugesys (204202)

DAMP PROOFING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN’S suits to measure. Be measured in the comfort of your own home or office by a qualified English tailor. Linen suits a speciality. Phone 634 378 085 for the travelling tailor to call.


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SWINGLES CASAS SL. For all your building needs. Visit m fo r m o r e d e t a i l s o r c a l l 952 428 067 / 666 960 262 (88621)

Bespoke Clothing

Blinds WANTED! All types of antiques, paintings, jewellery, watches, silver etc. Any condition, immediate cash settlement. For more information call into Anthony´s Antiques and Jewellers shops, extensive premises at C/Ramon y Cajal 40, Fuengirola. Silver fox furs wanted, see main advert on page 27. Mobile 609 529 633. Tel 952 588 795 (85364)

Jim’s home improvements. bathrooms / kitchen reforms, repairs, plumbing, carpentry, painting, tiling, maintenance. Give us a call no job too small. 692 207 799 / 645 559 423 (204228)

ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadesla

SOLAR BLINDS SOLAR BLINDS ES Ideal for large glazed areas to reflect heat / glare and stop furniture fading and still keep the view. SAVE HEAT IN THE WINTER TOO improve your living environment. Tel Ian 644 546 176

D R D A M P l e a k i n g r o o fs , damp walls, all mould cured. A l l w o r k g u a ra n t e e d . C a l l 689 515 558 (96789)

PLASTERING GET PUBLISHED on and other ebook websites from as little as £250 for a 50,000 word book. Contact Angela@euro (202718)

Building Services PLASTERING, rendering, dry lining, coving, suspended ceilings. Fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. A l l w o r k g u a ra n t e e d . 6 8 9 515 558 (96789) PLASTERING, RENDERING, Water damage. Tradesman, over 20 year’s experience, references available. Call: 618 776 864 (100417)

PLASTERING, rendering, dry lining, coving, suspended ceilings. Fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. A l l w o r k g u a ra n t e e d . 6 8 9 515 558 (96789) PLASTERING, RENDERING, Wa t e r damage. Tradesman, over 20 year ’s experience, references available. Call: 618 776 864 (100417)

Business For Sale BUSINESS FOR SALE! Beachside, hotel (Bed & Breakfast) 9 Bed and staff apartment, reduced for quick sale. Call 952 774 945 / 607 511 512 (203021)

Business Opp

Car Hire

VEGETARIAN Restaurant for r e n t i n To r r e m o l i n o s , 1 3 years, regular clients. Tel: 646 316 388 (203187)

BOOK your Gibraltar/La Linea car hire online at Malaga and Gibraltar car hire with inclusive rates. Also cheap airport parking, Malaga. 952 891 415 (204494) T1

FANTASTIC opportunity to earn a great income. The most exciting, scientifically proven, natural health product. Looking for distribution outlets and sales agents. Contact 693 501 517 (202713)

CAR HIRE long term from €300 / month. Short term from €70 / week. Delivery & airport service, call 607 334 610 (200753)

Buy & Sell

CAR HIRE. Quality, legal cars from €70 per week. Tel 658 031 285 (200565)

POOL TABLES, Snooker Tab l e s , Ta b l e Te n n i s Ta b l e s , D a r t s . Te l : 6 6 6 9 3 3 7 2 6 (203168)

C A R H I R E . E xe t e r A i r p o r t from £80 week. 0044 1803 312 253 / 0044 7880 921 421 lowcostdrivehire@hot (203009)

SUPERPOOL est. 1985. Pool tables, boxing and minivending machines on profit share, also new / second hand domestic tables and accessories. Tel 629 530 233 - (203772) CD and DVD collections large or small. TC will buy them all. Telephone 652 072 600 (200664)

Caravans PA R K I N G , S TO R A G E & S A L E S . C a ra va n s - M o torhomes - Boats - Cars and Vans etc. Short / long term S a fe & s e c u r e , d r o p o f f & collections. Excellent rates, d i s c o u n t fo r l o n g t e r m , 5 mins from Fuengirola. Establ i s h e d 2 5 y e a r s . w w w. e u / 679 786 669 / 606 101 807 TIMBER Building SL has been a leader in a prefabricated market for the last 28 years with more than 5,500 happy customers. Ring for wooden houses, garden s h e d s , p e r g o l a s , r e fo r m s . 666 819 689 (204408) C A S A S M O V I L E S E U R O PA has an experience in the mobile home trade, all over Europe for the last 25 years. You can put your trust in us! Ring Jane now on 952 119 053 (204408)

Car Transport RECOVERY SERVICE car / light plant transported, cars disposed of with official destruction certificate, fully insured. 600 868 056 (203856), Spain UK Spain, car transport, best rates, call 664 600 8 0 6 , w w w. c a r t ra n s p o r t u (203122)

Carpentry CARPENTER cabinet maker, Irish. Available for all types of property maintenance, plumbing, painting, electrical, kitchens and bathrooms renovated etc, 30 years experience, very reliable. Tel: 952 441 955 / 677 087 575 (101611) IRISH CARPENTER. Doors, decking, kitchens, bathrooms, all aspects. Establ i s h e d 2 0 0 2 . 9 5 2 1 9 6 4 5 7, 6 9 6 0 6 4 0 1 9 . w w w. c o m

Catering PRIVATE Chef Service. Hire your own chef for that special occasion. Gift vouchers available. 637 802 743. (204493)

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Costa del Sol

Chimney Services


Floor Polishing

APEX CHIMNEY SERVICES, professional chimney sweeping and smoke testing. NACS Qualified. Clean and efficient Tel: Bob 696 320 202 (202354)

QUALITY hand finished curtains & soft furnishings, professionally qualified, contact Rachel 952 825 766 or visit www.curtaincouturemarbe (99478)

POLISH your marble floor professionally at half price. 671 244 683 (203209) T1

P R O F E SS I O N A L c h i m n e y sweeping services, all areas covered. Call 654 184 242 or 607 441 959 (204943)

Damp Proofing DAMP Problem!! Sourced and cured by master builder, longest established damp company on the coast. Call Ed 693 859 894 (200930)

Chiropractors MARBELLA Chiropractic. Free spinal check. Mark Lane, Australian trained, licensed chiropractor. C.C. Guadalmina. San Pedro de Alcantara. 9 5 2 8 8 0 3 9 8 w w w. m a r b e l (101253)

Domestic App Repairs DOMESTIC Appliance repairs - washing machines, fridges, cookers, ovens, water heaters, gas / electric, professionally repaired. Christian 608 337 497 (97989)

Cleaning Services U P H O L S T E R Y and steam cleaning sofas, carpets etc… JA Cleaning Services 626 357 955 (86049) CARPET & UPHOLSTERY PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE WET O R D R Y C L E A N , H O N E S T, RELIABLE SERVICE. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837 / 952 669 701 (101382) CONEJO CLEANING. All ty p e s i n c l u d i n g r e g u l a r rentals and holiday lets. Most areas. 20 yrs on the coast. Wendy 635 630 370 / 9 5 2 9 6 4 4 0 7. S e e w e b s i t e for out of season specials!! w w w. c o n e j o c l e a n i n g . c o m (204417) (CHRISTMAS) Present: get your oven cleaned by a professional, so you can tase t h e fo o d y o u c o o k . F r o m 35€. 632 569 282 oven L & B CLEANING services, no job too small, professional ladies. Tel 645 561 716 P R O F E SS I O N A L c l e a n e r / House keeper. Tel 633 461 951 (204205) BE CLEAN SWEEP S.C Property Management and Cleaning Company. Honest and reliable. Call 635 152 313 or 630 614 412 (200804) LEATHER Suites, Upholstery and carpets thoroughly cleaned. Tel: 952 930 472 or 667 430 518 (203082)



COMPUTER HELPLINE. Desktop, laptops, upgraded, repaired. New and used supplied. Internet, Email problems solved. 952 564 274 / 677 702 501 (89597) PC PROBLEMS solved! Error messages fixed, viruses removed. Hardware and software upgrades available. Also one-to-one training. Experienced and reliable service, no call out charge. Paul 630 652 338 / 952 493 859 (200566) PC DOCTOR 20 years serving the Coast. Laptops, PC sales and repairs. In any language. We come to you. 952 591 071 (200826) FREE phone calls from your PC, learn how and other basic skills at home. Taught by m a t u r e m a l e a n d fe m a l e , 10€ ph, 626 980 869 / 609 292 209 (203057)

Cruises WINTER MED CRUISES - 7 days for less than £300! (204950)

MARBLE FLOORS polished. Fast service. Reliable, family run. TERRACOTTA CLEANED and sealed. Wooden floors treated. No job too small. Family run. Cleansol 10am 10pm 7 days all areas. 952 930 861 / 607 610 578 Discount Code: EWN 1 CLEAN (200735) TONY’S MARBLE RESTORATION SERVICE. Marble and terrazo floors, professionally refurbished, quotations without obligation. +34 620 726 875 (203825)

For Sale/Wanted

Computers COSTASYS computer support and maintenance. Home and office visits. Support Contracts, ADSL, Wireless, Antivirus, Networks, PC Repairs, Hardware and Software. or call Steven 622 253 592 (89638) T1




ELECTRICAL installation and repairs. All work guaranteed. 10 yrs on coast. Tel James 652 023 012 (203046)

FIND LOVE IN THE SUN Browse for free Spain’s No 1 online dating site. Bringing ex-pats together. (204448)


PARTYTIME KARAOKE. Karaoke, disco, top cabaret artist, affordable entertainment, for your bar, restaura n t o r p r i va t e p a r ty www.partytimekaraoke.moon Tel: 699 767 451 (85885)

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Health & Beauty


TREE SURGEONS No tree t o o t a l l , r e m o va l o f d e a d palm trees and limbs, eco gardening, mulch and manure fertilizer, palm pruning. 686 948 552 / 661 129 146

GARDENER. Trees, hedges, palms pruned, lawns, fencing, strimming, garden tidied, maintenance. Steve 952 485 941 / 616 669 285 / 654 320 567 (203855) G A R D E N E R fo r p r i va t e homes, communities, tree pruning, pool maintenance, garden design. Specialist in water systems. Tel: 666 953 892 (100065) PALM TREE PROFESSIONALS cleaning, pruning and fumigation. Qualified, experienced and insured. Free estimates. Competitive p r i c e s . Te l : 6 0 0 5 5 8 5 6 9 ARBOLISTA Tree S u r g e r y , N o. 1 fo r t r e e s and palms, on the Costa since 1998. 600 260 534 952 117 486 Kit Hogg C.G.Arb


ALL styles of furniture designed and made to measure,built-in or freestanding. Residential/Commercial. Portfolio available. 635 878 116 stuart_macg@

Guttering GUTTERING INSTALLED divert water away from your patio. Free Estimates Call GutterGo! 652 023 012 (203046) T1

PROFESSIONAL garden services from Fuengirola to Estepona. All aspects of gardening and full maintenance and landscaping, free quotes, competitive prices. Contact Andrew 600 259 981 Andrew@garden-profession (203055)

CLEARFLOW DRAIN SERVICES. All drain problems solved. More than 25 years on the coast. Tel 952 885 661 or 630 200 600 (99408)

ELECTRICIAN 16th Edition BS7671 qualified 24 years experience. Rewires, extra sockets, lights, fault finding etc. www.electriciancostadel Contact electri Call Ian 650 151 569

Garage Doors

SAYAN MASSAGE. Your best traditional & tantric massage fo r l a d i e s a n d g e n t l e m e n . 952 586 339 - 608 977 260 (204418) PA I N ? N e c k , A r m s , B a c k , Legs. Acupressure. Fast res u l t s . N o c u r e – n o p a y. Fuengirola 651 172 474 NON-SURGICAL LIPOSUCTION IN BANÚS. WWW.TRANSFORMALL.COM TEL 605 865 755 (200953) TEETH WHITENING IN BANÚS FROM 75€ WWW.TRANSFORMALL.COM TEL. 605 865 755 N O N - S U R G I C A L FACELIFTS IN BANÚS 35€ WWW.TRANSFORMALL.COM TEL. 605 865 755 PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL AND SKIN TREATMENTS USING IPL IN BANÚS. WWW.TRANS FORMALL.COM TEL 605 865 755 (200953) WEIGHT LOSS or Quit Smoking Consultations. International Health Author BSc qualified. Home visits 632 731 164 any time (203076)

Health & Fitness KRAV MAGA - The most effective self defence system! E a s y - e ffe c t i ve - c r u c i a l fitness - fun. Marbella & Torr e m o l i n o s . A l s o p r i va t e c l a s s e s ! Te l 6 5 5 6 8 9 4 5 5 (200929)

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Costa del Sol


Heating Services

S A N I T A S . Affordable priva t e m e d i c a l i n s u ra n c e linked to B.U.P.A. Phone 952 383 127 or 670 217 272 (96805)

COLD APARTMENT? New infra-heating panel in slimline and glass design with anti-damp function, made in G e r m a n y - n o w a va i l a b l e here in Spain. Unbeatable Advantages: only €10 €15 heating cost per panel/per month. Installed in minutes. No plumber, no pipes and no maintenance needed. No cold spots any more. Ideal for studios and apartments. Prices per infraheating panel start from o n l y € 1 8 0 . w w w. m o d e r n Tel Spain 634 234 477 (202703)


H O S T I N G - Carrier grade data centre in Elviria, two diesel generators, multiple backbone symmetrical carrier-class connections, BGP4 routing, aircon, secure facilities. For dedicated housing or hostings with serious bandwidth and 99.99% uptime, we can host your servers and applications in our data centre in Elviria. Feel free to visit us to discuss your needs. 951 055 676 www.mercuryinternet .com (98184)


WOODY´S LOS BOLICHES. Greeting Cards, mail to and from the UK. Passport renewals and all adverts for Euro Weekly News – display or classified. Open 9.002.00PM (Sat 10.00 – 2.00PM) One street behind the Confortel, just off Plaza San Rafael, Los Boliches, on C/Poeta Salvador Rueda 93 (Passports Mon to Fri Only) Tel: 952 471 877 (95705)

Hot Tubs/Spas


ABBEYGATE INSURANCE If you are renewing your p o l i c y o r l o o k i n g fo r n e w cover. Call us, as we are the only Insurance Company in Spain to offer protection on your no claims bonus. Call 952 893 380 (68259) ABBEYGATE INSURANCE M a ke t h e r i g h t c h o i c e a n d join the thousands of expat r i a t e s w h o h ave . We p r o vide a friendly personal serv i c e , fo r a l l y o u r h o m e , motor, health, travel or marine insurance. Call 952 893 380 (68259) HEALTH INSURANCE Competitive prices, English worded policies. Pay monthly or annually. All levels of cove r. P r e m i u m s f r o m € 2 5 a m o n t h . Te l : 9 5 6 7 9 5 4 5 3 Abbeygate I n s u ra n c e (68259) ABBEYGATE INSURANCE Car insurance exclusive for expatriates, save up to 50%. Find out about our price pledge on UK plated cars. Home insurance from €50. Tel: 952 893 380 (68259) EU INSURANCE DIRECT Extra Special Offers. Up to €50 cash back for car and home insurance (conditions apply) for new customers. For all your Insurance Needs and the Best Price and Best Cover in English, call Wendy on 952 830 843 / 676 098 464 e m a i l i n fo @ e u i n s u ra n c e d i w w w. e u i n (202638)

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LOCKSMITH Unlock doors, strong box/cars. Change security locks, emergencies, 24 hours, Marbella, 630 333 615 (200733)


MINI DIGGER / dumper hire. Property maintenance and small building projects. Reliable, references available. Simon 678 450 051 (203874)

WANTED FURNITURE & household items houses gard e n s g a ra g e s c l e a r e d t o p prices paid fast reliable service 639 229 607 / 649 977 723 (203868)

24 HOUR locksmith. Emergency opening of doors and safes, established since 1993. 617 921 824 (204269)

CAR KEYS lost or need a s p a r e ? Ke y s c u t & p a i r e d w i t h c a r, c a r o p e n i n g , c a r key & remotes, Specialist. Call Ray 679 831 166 (93449)

MINI digger and driver, self d r i v e h i r e a va i l a b l e , s a n d and stone delivery service. 649 526 922 (204976)

House Clearances

SECURITY OF SPAIN – 24 HOUR LOCKSMITH – Lock / safe opening service. Locks changed / upgraded. Contact D a r r e n , Te l 6 3 6 7 7 0 8 6 5 w w w. s e c u r i ty o fs p a i n . c o m (204407) T3

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Hire Services

H O T T U B S , n e w, u s e d , bought, sold, hired. Also move & repairs 691 973 131 / 952 793 398 (93498)


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Loans LOANS AVAILABLE on all types of paintings, jewellery, watches, silver etc, any condition, immediate cash settlement. For more information call into Anthony’s Antiques & Jewellers shops extensive premises at C/Ramon y Cajal 40, Fuengirola . Silver fox furs wanted, see main advert on page 27 . Mobile 609 529 633 Tel: 952 588 795 (85364) holaCREDITO.COM offering short term loans on your valuables. Also cash for your old GOLD, top prices paid, guaranteed. Please see web for details or call Banus office 951 319 538 (202525)

24/7 Locksmith Locksmith emergency / appointment. Doors opened without damage, locks changed, patio doors and windows secured, 24 hour honest, fast and reliable service. Call Paul 657 466 803 COSTALOCKS 24/7, LOCKSMITH/ HOME SECURITY, NEW KEYS, KEYED ALIKE, WINDOWS SECURED, SAFES OPENED / INSTALLED, FREE HOME SECURITY CHECK, CALL Debby or Bob 952 660 233 / 667 668 673 CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED WWW.COSTALOCKS.COM

Mobile/Static Homes W E B U Y, S e l l , r e m o v e a l l types of mobile homes. We p ay C A S H a n d c ove r a l l o f Spain. More details call Suzi Caley 616 250 727 / 951 063 059 or email suzicaley@ (100120) MOBILE HOME WOODEN HOUSE ? We buy & sell new and second hand units. Remove, level, repair, transport and build extensions. 30 years experience nationwide. Call us, Casas Moviles Europa 952 119 053 (204408) WANT TO RELOCATE? We can transport your home and install on to a 12 month park f r o m £ 4, 9 9 5 . A n n u a l s i t e fees from €3,000 Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143) BRAND NEW WILLERBY Siena 32m² home sited within a stylish gated community, 45 minutes from Malaga airport £19,995 Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143) WILLERBY COTTAGE 28x10 sited in ‘La Serrana Hills’ of Pizarra, site open all year round, swimming pool, only £13,495. Want to view? Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143)

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Costa del Sol

24/7 Mobility MOBILITY SCOOTERS, electric wheelchairs, wheelchairs, walking frames etc for sale and hire. Delivered to home or hotel. Always a good selection of quality used scooters in stock with guarantee. e.g. used 4 wheel scooter, new batteries €350. Electric wheelchair can go into car €1,595. Rascal Eco 4 boot scooter €2,100 for €1,395. New wheelchairs from €250. Mobility scooter batteries supplied and fitted. For same day delivery phone 609 581 139. Mobility Scooters Direct. www.mobilityscootersdi (204413)






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AUTOMATIC Opel Astra 2000 1 . 6 C o m fo r t , o n e o w n e r (nearly) silver, air condition, PA S, o n l y 2 , 5 0 0 e u r o s . Samantha and Gordon Ro b e r t s o n 9 5 2 8 3 2 1 7 3 / 6 0 8 6 5 8 7 8 5 w w w. r o b e r t (200963)

All models serviced and repaired. Two years guarantee. Free delivery 952 584 302 / 633 127 901 / 633 128 104 (203865) T1

Mortgages NEW purchase mortgages from 1.55% up to 100% LTV, resell mortgages 70% from 4.25% with LTV equity release up to 50% LTV. All status considered. Tel: 952 801 401, 666 709 743 www.the (99475)

Mosquito Screens ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadesla (101730) T H E M O S Q U I TO S c r e e n C o m p a ny. S c r e e n i n g t h e coast for 10 years. Quality p r o d u c t s a t a f fo r d a b l e prices. 622 244 116

Motorbikes KTM LC4 640, Enduro Motor Crosser, on road, off road, orange, 1999, Spanish plates, very low klms, very little use, absolute immaculate condition, €3,500. 603 151 587 (203856)

WANTED expat owned Spanish cars. If you have a quality car with service history that you want to sell, please phone us and we will pay the top price in cash for it. Remember Robertson, the name you can trust. Over 46 years buying and selling cars and more than 26 years in Spain. We are a small family business and will make sure that all documentation is c o r r e c t l y t a k e n c a r e o f. Phone Gordon 608 658 785 or ladies you can ring me, S a m a n t h a Ro b e r t s o n o n 952 832 173. See our web page w w w. r o b e r t s o n (200963)

CAR SERVICES MECHANIC workshop & mobile. All work undertaken. ITVs done, reasonable rates, prompt, reliable services 24/7. 620 020 232, 951 165 090 CABRIOSOL soft tops, German top quality, for all Cabriolet cars & jeeps. Professional fitting, repairs & change of plastic windows. Cabrio-sol. 639 580 372 (Camino de Coin km 13.2 Mijas Golf ). Opening hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (203028) AUTOMATIC gearbox specialist. Transmatic. All models including classic cars, serviced, repaired and recondit i o n e d . A l s o 4 x 4 t ra n s fe r b oxe s a n d p o w e r s t e e r i n g Call/fax 952 796 166 / 952 8 0 5 8 0 4 e m a i l : t ra n s m a t (200809) RECOVERY SERVICE car / light plant transported, cars disposed of with official destruction certificate, fully insured. 600 868 056 (203856)

(NEW SHAPE) 2008 Chevrolet Matiz 0.8 litre S model, silver, only 50,000kms, approx 31,000 miles, 5 door, 5 speed, air conditioned, power assisted steering, elderly l a d y o w n e r l e av i n g S p a i n , small car, big bargain, was € 4, 5 0 0 n o w 3 , 9 9 5 e u r o s . Samantha or Gordon Robertson 608 658 785 / 952 8 3 2 1 7 3 w w w. r o b e r t s o n (200963) DIESEL SEVEN SEATER Opel Zafira 2.2DTi, 2005, Blueline, 16 valve (125bhp), blue with alloy wheels, climate control, great people carrier, was €5,995, now €5,250. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 4 X 4 D I E S E L 2 0 0 7 LA N DROVER Discovery 2.7TDV6 S E M a r k I I I , o n e o w n e r, 113,000kms, FSH, black with beige leather, many extras, a massive saving on new price. Jeremy Clarkson loved it, can be yours, was €18,995 now €16,995. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 6 5 8 7 8 5 w w w. r o b e r t s o n (200963) 4X4 DIESEL MITSUBISHI Montero 3.2GLS long wheel base, 2003, “top of the range”, one lady owner, gold, alloy wheels, air con, 5 speed, was €7,995 now €6,500. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (200963)

SEVEN seater automatic 2008 Toyota Corolla Verso V V T I , o n e o w n e r, o n l y 53,000kms (33,000miles), sale due to relocation, climate control, electric everything, good looking in grey with alloy wheels, now 9,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Ro b e r t s o n 9 5 2 8 3 2 1 7 3 o r 6 0 8 6 5 8 7 8 5 w w w. r o b e r t (200963) 4x4 DIESEL 2003 Jeep Cherokee 2.5 CRD Sport, 5 d o o r, 5 speed, only 82,000kms, 2 expat owners, silver grey, was 7,995€, now 6,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Ro b e r t s o n 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 w w w. r o b e r t s o n (200963) JUST arrived SuperSport Coupe Nissan 350Z (300 BHP), only 18,000kms (approx 11,000 miles). FSH, striking in copper colour with black leather, this is a real d r i v e r ’s c a r, s e e i t o n o u r web page, cost new 45,000 euros. What a bargain at 16,995 euros. Phone Gordon for more information 608 658 785 / 952 832 173. w w w. r o b e r t s o n (200963) CITROEN BERLINGOS 2008 vans / Multispaces Combis, direct Citroen lease, FSH, low KLMs, from €3,995. 600 868 056 (203856) 2001 Land Rover Discovery TD5 digital air con, diesel, lhd UK plates, good condition, one owner, €4,995. 672 550 037 (203856) TOYOTA Yaris 2007 1.4 d4d black diesel, alloys, aircon, 120,000klms f.s.h. very economical, excellent condition. 5,450€ 600 868 056 five (203856) CITROEN Jumper, 2008 mwb van, direct citroen leasing, only 80,000klms, aircon, electric, 8,995€ 600 868 056, five (203856) FIESTA 1.4, TDCI 2004, silver, 5 door, 100kms, air con, electric, fantastic condition. 3,750€ 672 550 037 (203856) AUTOMATIC Renault Megan Classic, white, 2.0 petrol, 5 door, only 100kms, 1,995€ 672 550 037 fivepeastrading (203856) VW GOLF 2.0gt TDi 3 door, automatic, black alloys, sat nav etc. very rare car in perfect condition, €7,995. 672 550 037 (203856) VW PASSAT automatic, 2.0 TDi highline, top spec, black, low klms, must be seen, excellent condition. 600 868 056 (203856)

AUDI A4 Cabrio, top spec, 3.0 automatic, alloys, sat nav, climate control, black with alcantara, €8,995. 672 550 037 (203856) 2009 Citroen Jumper, 2.2 6 speed high top van, top spec, cost €26,000, new low klms, €12,995. 600 868 056 (203856) 2007 Corsa 1.3 CDTi diesel, 80,000klm, air con, electric, etc. 5 door sport model, very nice car. €5,450 672 550 037 (203856) FIAT Doblo multi space, Nov 2009, top of the range safeline model, multijet diesel, 80,000klms, side steps, bull bars, aircon, etc..etc. absolutely mint condition inside and out, 8,995€. 600 868 056 (203856) FORD FIESTA, silver 2006 1.4 tdci, 5 door, aircon, newer shape, very clean car. 4,995€ 600 868 056 (203856) 2008 CITROEN C3, 1.4hdi diesel, deep metallic burgundy, great little car, 5,995€ fivepeastrad 600 868 056 (203856) E55 AMG MERCEDES 5.5 silver, 2001, fully loaded, 130klms, full service history, very clean example. 6,995€ fivepeastrad (203856) BILL BRADY CARS has been established on the Costa del Sol since 1986, in which time he has helped thousands of expatriates to buy or sell their quality used Spanish cars and also keeping all the documentation simple so you understand all that is going on (which is important). You can contact Bill direct on 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 or billbrady (204276) C O N V E RT I B L E Pe u g e o t 206CC 1.6 Inj 2006 new ITV (MOT ), sunburst red, only 87,000klm (58,000mls) with service history, climate control, alloy wheels, fantastic opportunity for only 5,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (204276) A U TO M AT I C C o nv e r t i b l e Peugeot 307CC 2.0 Ltr 2007 only 69,000klm (49,000mls) with service history, bluetooth, parking sensors, climate control, alloy wheels and loads more, looks fabulous in metallic blue and only 8,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 AUTOMATIC Opel Astra 5 door hatch back 2005, only 36,000klm (25,000mls) with service history, used as holiday car, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, elect/ windows /locks/mirrors, metallic gold, has to be seen for only 5,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (204276)

SEAT LEON TSI 1.2 105 CV C o p a Ro j o 2 0 1 2 , o n l y 7, 0 0 0 k l m ( 4, 0 0 0 m l s ) , l i ke new, bluetooth, 16” alloys and loads more, leaving Spain hence this massive saving at only 11,500€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 bill (204276) JAGUAR XF Diesel 2.7 Premium luxury, Automatic 2008, only 48.000km. Bought from main dealer Marbella, S a t / N av, p a r k i n g s e n s o r s , front and rear memory seats, too many extras to l i s t , m e t a l l i c s i l ve r, b l a c k l e a t h e r, t h i s c a r h a s b e e n garaged since new and immaculate condition. Price slashed WAS €29.995 NOW Amazingly only €24.995. Tel 952 838 842, 608 950 221 (204276) C A M P E R VA N A d r i a S l o o p 2+1 Fiat Ducato 110hp 2.3 J T D 2 0 0 4 I T V u n t i l 2 0 1 4, 80,500km. Just serviced and cam belt changed at 76,000km. Trauma gas hot water and central heating. Fiamma F65s 3.2m Awning, 300w inverter and much m o r e , g r e a t o f fe r a t o n l y 22,995€. 952 838 842, 608 950 221 (204276) FANTASTIC opportunity Ford Fiesta 1.25 Inj 16V 2009 5 door (new shape) from lady o w n e r b o u g h t f r o m Fo r d Malaga and serviced by t h e m . Pa r r o t h a n d s f r e e , great first car or coastal car, metallic silver, looks and drives fantastic, yes this price is correct, reduced to only 7,500€. 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (204276) THIS has to be seen, Citroen C-3 Exclusive 1.4 Inj 5 door 2005, one private owner, only 69,000klm (48,000mls) with service history, climate control, cruise control, full electric pack, six CD changer and lots more, was 4,995€ N O W o n l y 4, 5 0 0 € 9 5 2 8 3 8 842 / 608 950 221 billbrady (204276) A U TO M AT I C H o n d a F R V 2008, six seater 1.8 I.VETEC E xe c u t i ve , o n e o w n e r, fu l l service history and loads of Honda extras, great saving at only 11,995€. 952 838 842 / 608 950 221. bill (204276) NEED A CAR? - Can’t get credit? - Self employed? - Why not “Rent to Own” your next car? - No loans, no credit checks. 952 564 912 (202636) LA N D R O V E R 2 0 0 1 F r e e lander TD4 2.0 Diesel. Green, A/C. Spanish plates. 125,000km, good condition. € 4, 5 0 0 . Te l : 6 7 5 3 1 4 8 5 4 (203916) RENAULT Clio 111 1.6 16V Luxe Privilege Automatic SP 2 0 0 7, 7 3 , 0 0 0 k m , u r g e n t sale, 5,500€ ono. 651 047 932 (200734)


27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013


Costa del Sol

ABBEYGATE INSURANCE. No automatic annual increase on our Motor Insurance, renewal policies. Call 952 893 380 (68259) MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Dir e c t a o n 9 0 2 1 2 3 1 5 3 fo r motor insurance with a hum a n vo i c e i n E n g l i s h f r o m Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now!

Music PROFESSIONAL live music for any event. Weddings a speciality. Solo Spanish guitar to dance band. Some dates available this Xmas. Details David 687 627 434 (Not an Agent) (204219)


MECHANICS BRITISH MOBILE MECHANICS. Fully qualified, home visits, reasonable prices and repairs for all cars. ITV’s €80 we come to you. 951 400 189 695 913 592 (101500)

REPAIRS AUTO ELECTRICAL Specialist. Over 30 years experience. Cars, commercials & boats. Latest diagnostic equipment. Petrol / diesel fu e l i n j e c t i o n p r o b l e m s solved. No job too small. Tel: 647 289 753 (203172)


WANTED WANTED all cars. Any registration, runners, non runners. Embargos no problem. Call now, cash waiting. 687 049 592 (203809) T1 WANTED. CARS & JEEPS & camper vans for cash. All makes, LHD, any condition. 693 357 000 (204332) CARS, VANS UK OR SPANISH BOUGHT FOR CASH. FREE COLLECTION IN SPAIN AND UK. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837 OR 952 669 701 WANTED cars / vans / light plant, anything considered, even with paperwork problems, cash buyer, instant decisions made. 600 868 056 five (203856) CAR, VANS BOUGHT WITH OR WITHOUT PAPERS. CASH WA I T I N G 6 7 8 8 0 8 8 3 7 (101382) WANTED Legal Spanish Cars and Commercial, under 10 years old, any condition, including non-runners and damaged. Cash paid. Buyer collects. Transfer included. Tel: 605 109 796 (200754)

PAINTER & DECORATOR If you just want the job done, then call the rest, but if you want the job done right call the best. Sam “Simply the Best” 18 years Mijas area 952 666 025 / 629 546 128 (204830) PAINTER & DECORATOR Lounges from 120€, bedr o o m s , h a l l s 6 0 € . Pa p e r hanging, plastering, tiling and paint spraying. Call Dennis, Calahonda. 670 774 527 (204975) DAMP problems, painters & builders, interior, exterior, 18 years experience, free q u o t e . Te l 6 2 6 9 5 4 4 4 0 (203059)

Pest Control COCKROACHES, ANTS, ins e c t s , f l e a s , m i c e , ra t s , wasps, termite specialists. Fumigations, bars, restaurants, houses, etc. Sanitary department officially registered certificates. Guarantee, serving the coast since 1985. Only legal English owned pest control Company on the coast. If you want the best then phone N.P.S. Nigel 606 008 940 (95515)

Pets YOUNG DOMESTICATED cats rescued from the killing station need kind homes. Fully va c c i n a t e d and neutered, free of charge. We will also deliver to England for a donation to the charity. Please give one of these beautiful cats a home so we can save more from death. Can be seen without obligat i o n a t C a t a n d D o g Wo r l d Ke n n e l s . Te l . 6 3 0 1 9 7 4 3 5 (93398) CHIHUAHUA pedigree puppies with passport. All year round available. 952 112 870 / 654 285 667 (97945)

A C C O M PA N Y y o u r p e t s t o their new home. Fully licensed pet transport service. Denise 952 197 187 / 696 233 848

CHARITIES ADANA THE ANIMAL SHELTER IN ESTEPONA. We always need volunteers t o wa l k a n d s o c i a l i s e w i t h our dogs and help with cleaning. We also need good homes for our animals that you can see on w w w. a d a n a . e s . Ke n n e l s open every day 10-1.30, Camino de Casares, near Pa r q u e d e l o s Pe d r e g a l e s , Estepona. (5 minutes from the Poligono) For more information call Marjorie 952 79 74 05 or 636 934 146 (93319) ACE CHARITY at El Refugio Kennels always needs volunteers to help with dog walki n g . I t ’s g o o d e xe r c i s e , a couple of hours any morning of the week. Foster and permanent homes also needed for our many inmates! Vivien 639 991 079 (93320) SEPE the horse and donkey charity is open to the public w e e k- e n d s f r o m 1 0 . 0 0 t o 5.00. Volunteers are much needed in all departments and are welcome at anytime. Fo r o u r r i d i n g fo r t h e d i s abled classes, we are also in n e e d o f e x t ra h e l p e r s . We are nationally registered by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior (164640) but only with your support can we give the equine a voice. If you can just commit to 2 or 3 euros a month it will really help make a difference. You can find us at Lauro Golf Equestrian Centre, Alqueria, Alhaurin de la Torre. Tel. 608 258 950 A t S O S A n i m a l Re fu g e w e have dogs, young and old looking for homes. Some of our dogs have been with us fo r s o m e t i m e a n d w o u l d love to find a cosy spot to curl up in and a knee on which to rest their heads. If you have room in your heart and home we would love to h e a r f r o m y o u . We d o n o t put our dogs to sleep - no matter how old, they are safe with us. For day to day needs and to pay for veterinary care, we much appreciate the support we receive. We desperately need items to sell on our market stall to h e l p ra i s e fu n d s a n d a r e happy to come and collect. So if you are having a clearout, please contact us on 665 682 919 or 605 227 155. If you would like to know more about re-homing, please call 653 257 875. Visit our website www.sos-ani or please phone Sandy on 952 385 923 or 666 814 056 if you would like to make a donation or help in any way. (93317)

ARCH - The Andalucian Rescue Centre for Horses welcomes visitors and volunteers to their stables on Saturdays from 10 - 12 or by appointment. Come and help out, drop your children o f f fo r t h e K i d s C l u b o n a S AT U R D AY o r s p o n s o r o r adopt one of our horses, d o n ke y s o r m u l e s . We a l w a y s n e e d h e l p w i t h fu n d ra i s i n g t o l o o k a f t e r t h e abandoned and abused animals. Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome. We are a small friendly team why not join us. Find us in Alhaurin El Grande, behind the Venta Miralmonte on the road from Alhaurin to Coin, (A404) Urb. Viña Borrego, fo l l o w t h e y e l l o w s i g n s . Charity registered with the Junta de Andalucia No 8448. Te l : - 6 3 5 7 9 8 2 1 9 o r 6 5 6 935 613 or 620 175 828 (93322)

KENNELS EURODOG Boarding Kennels a n d C a t t e r y. U n d e r n e w o w n e r s h i p, fu l l y l i c e n s e d and sanitary approved, long/short term. Mijas Costa Te l 6 9 7 7 3 1 1 7 1 w w w. (89637) SPECIAL PROMOTION for new clients at Cat and Dog World Kennels. Dogs €10 per day plus IVA Tel: 952 112 978. (97995) PETCARE PET HOTEL. Holi d a y a c c o m m o d a t i o n fo r dogs and cats. Individual heating available. Introductory offers for new clients. Tel: 952 112 284 / 685 400 216 (98147) C O O L K E N N E L S A N D C AT TERY. Air conditioned. Your p e t s l o v i n g l y c a r e d fo r b y English mother and daughter. Near Coin. LAGUNAKEN Tel 952 112 021 / 606 838 983 (204248) STEFANIE’S KENNELS AND CATTERY, Estepona. Fully licensed, Junta approved, est. 1986. Viewing welcomed 9 5 2 7 9 0 9 4 3 w w w. s t e fa (202692)



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PROTECTAPET. Spain’s leading pet insurance. 965 756 371 (95962)

Pet Transport PET-COURIERS.COM – If you love your pet try us first – we are the best. Door to door service throughout Europe. Specialised vehicles – bespoke service. Full legal service including documentation if required. For further information call or e-mail us: Tel: (0034) 651 033 670 or (0034) 637 066 227. Email: i n fo @ p e t- c o u r i e r s . c o m o r (95495) THE DOG MOVER. Licensed professional transp o r t e r s . Tw o h a n d l e r s , s o dogs never alone. 680 781 699 / 0044 (0) 7875 947230. (89749) L O O K N O F U RT H E R F O R YOUR PET TRANSPORT. WE OFFER A SERVICE TO TRAVEL WITH OR WITHOUT YO U R P E T S / F U R N I T U R E . ALL PETS TRAVEL WITH US IN AIR CONDITIONED PEOPLE CARRIERS. CALL FOR PRICES. 952 596 213 / 665 1 5 0 2 2 7 W W W. S PA I N U K SPAIN.COM (204441)

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NEED an administrative or computer job done, but don’t have the time or staff? Computer literate women, Dutch and English, can help. Content management, data entry, mailings, typing jobs etc. Call Eva on 632 993 039 (204012)

Property for Sale

PET TRANSPORTATION b y a i r. C o m p l e t e s e r v i c e from professional licensed kennels. 630 197 435 (97995) A C C O M PA N Y y o u r p e t s t o their new home. Fully licensed pet transport service. Denise 952 197 187 / 696 233 848 i n f o @ p e t c h a u f f e u r. e u (101721

Plumbing NEED a Qualified Plumber? No call-out charge. Call Vinny 662 682 220. www.costa (100058) T1 THE Irish plumber for all your plumbing requirements, all areas covered. 7 days, reasonable rates. 605 206 394 (200961) RETIRED REGISTERED PLUMBER / DRIVER. Needs beer money, any job considered. Free advice, lowest ra t e s . C h r i s 6 5 2 6 6 5 3 8 0 (93499) PLUMBER: Water heaters repaired, replaced same day. Full bathroom and kitchen reforms, previous work can be seen. References available. Mark Allan 608 454 778 / 952 937 244 (203807)

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27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013

Costa del Sol

ALHAURIN - For sale, park home, two beds, 22,500€ 634 359 716 simmoc1941 (204814)

EXCELLENT country house in A l h a u r i n e l G ra n d e . T h e p r o p e r ty i s o n 2 f l o o r s . Ground floor: front covered porch, entrance hall, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and garage. On the first floor is t h e f i t t e d k i t c h e n , u t i l i ty room, living room with terrace and bedroom with ens u i t e . E x t ra s : h e a t i n g throughout the whole property, A/C in 2 bedrooms, full y fe n c e d , a u t o m a t i c e n trance gates, parking, put up swimming pool and amazing views. Semi furnished. Built: 180m2. Land 4,000m2 Price: 8 0 0 € . T L F: 6 5 6 9 1 7 3 4 2 (REF AQ_F-788) (204315)

LUXURY Apartment For Sale. Reduced by 20,000€. See: www.mijasgolfapartmentfor 00+44+1322 839 009 (204817)

WWW.INMOANDALUZ.COM. Bargain inland properties for all budgets Tel 952 491 609 / 685 514 835 (100017) GREAT OPPORTUNITY. TORREBLANCA. Ideal detached villa offering two self contained separate levels - main upper level 3 beds/1 bath lower level 1 bed/1 bath, i d e a l fo r r e n t a l o r e l d e r l y person/teenager/guests, large plot, private swimming pool and spacious garage, quiet residential area. Original asking price €299,500 n o a g e n t s fe e s , n o w €230,000. Viewing recommended - 647 647 629 (101501)

MARBELLA La Reserva, Penthouse, about to be repossessed, prime location, 2 bed, 2 bath, 160K€ neg. Fa b F i n c a s 6 9 2 1 5 1 9 3 1 (203834) I F YO U a r e s e e k i n g a b a r gain country house in Alhaur i n e l G ra n d e a r e a , w e d o the research and present you with a shortlist. Call Fa b F i n c a s 6 9 2 1 5 1 9 3 1 (203834) ALHAURIN EL GRANDE, Reduced, pretty 2 bed, 2 bath country house, access views, garden + land, 135K€ Neg. Fa b F i n c a s 6 9 2 1 5 1 9 3 1 (203834)

Property to Let

MARBELLA centre, first line beach, 3 beds, 3 baths, suitable for cash buyer. Price €250,000. 671 244 683 (203209)

MARBELLA centre, rooms to let 671 244 683 Nr La Duqesa Port - 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, UK TV, garage, communal pool. 5 mins walk to beach €400 per month. HaciendaGuadalupe - 3 bed, 2 bath apartment overlooking country. Communal pool, UK TV, underground parking €500 per month Tel: 678 307 622 (204045)

SANTA CLARA GOLF south facing, sea views, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, intermediaries and estate agents abstain €475.000 librosyso Tel: 630 313 814 (203858) PUERTO BANUS - Price red u c e d . P r i va t e s a l e . Fo u r bedroomed townhouse, Condes de Iza. 0044 (0)7801 427 884 (200913)

MONTEMAR, one bedroom apartment to let, all day sun, pool/gardens, any let 300€ pcm. 605 206 394 over 900 properties for long term rent 671 093 925 (204353) WWW.INMOANDALUZ.COM. Inland property rentals, long or short term, holidays 952 491 609 / 685 514 835 (100017)

MARBELLA BANUS 2 bed, 2 b a t h , b i g e l e g a n t , fu l l y equipped, gardens, pool, p a r k i n g , 7 5 0 € . Te l : 6 3 7 4 3 9 2 2 2 . b ra v o e l e z o v i c (204869)

COUNTRY house in Coin. Front porch, living room, fitted kitchen with utility room, 3 bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 1 bathroom and terrace. Extras: A/C in the living room and bedrooms, parking area, vegetable plot, chicken pen and nice terrace with beautiful views. Built 90m2. Land: 3700m2. Price 6 0 0 € i n c l u d i n g b i l l s . T L F: 656 917 342 (REF AQ_F787) (204315) R O O M TO L E T - D o u b l e room, separate kitchen and shower, within Finca, Alora. €300 pm inc. Tel: 628 421 289 (203022) NUEVA ANDALUCIA. 1 bedroom garden apartment. Close to all amenities. Suit quiet person. Sky TV + elec inc. 450€ per month. Call 636 088 171 (202715) LONG TERM rental, super prices, no commission, apartments, townhouses, villas, fincas. Coast and inland. Tlf. 679 111 522 (200866)

Removals & Storage

CARIHUELA, Castillo Santa Clara. Top floor apartment, panoramic sea views, spacious 1 bedroom apartment, lounge, nice sunny terrace, furnished, swimming pool, 24h reception, 600€ long term, ref. 10054, www.inmouniver; 952 381 280 ALHAURIN EL GRANDE 2 bed, country house, terrace, lawn, pool, excellent location, 600€ month. FabFincas 692 151 931 (203834) ALHAURIN EL GRANDE 4 bed, 2 bath, pool, terrace, parking, 500€ month. Fa b F i n c a s 6 9 2 1 5 1 9 3 1 (203834) TO W N H O U S E P l a ya G o l f, To r r e q u e b ra d a , 2 b e d , 2 b a t h , p r i va t e g a r d e n , fu r nished, fantastic mountain & sea views, very clean, €650pm. 634 123 652 M A R B E L LA A PA RT M E N T Rentals from 700 per month to 1500 per month. 1/2/3 b e d r o o m s . E xc l u s i v e a d dresses. Telephone 622 571 040 www.kingscastlemarbe kingscastlemarbe (200817)

Pumps WATERWELLS waterwell drilling, well pumps, irrigation, pump tests, pressure pumps. SL. Established on the coast since 1995. Web page Enquiries info@wellsin 629 978 801 (Fax) 952 793 250


NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL R E M O V A L S Local and International. Full and part loads taken please call 952 8 1 6 5 8 2 w w w. fo c u s - t ra n s (86002) FLORIDA SPECIALIST. Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 USA SPECIALIST Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 DUBAI SPECIALIST. Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 SOUTH-AMERICA SPECIALIST. Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 WWW.SPAINUKSPAIN.COM . Ve h i c l e l e av i n g S p a i n o n 9th / 19th / 28th of each month, returning 10th / 20th / 29th of each month. Prices from £90 per cubic metre. Cars £525, bikes £325, jetskis/boats from £525, dogs £395, cats £295. All animals travel with us in air conditioned people carriers. 952 596 213 / 665 150 227 (204441)


27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013


Costa del Sol MOVING BACK TO UK? Removal vehicle departing weekly throughout 2012. Excellent, professional service & great rates. Ring (0034) 665 089 244 or (0044) 01543 467 777 & see w w w. e l i t e - e u r o p e a n . c o m (93139) 15 CUBIC metre van returning to the UK 11th January, space available Tel. 639 928 090 (204878)



R E M O V A L B O X E S Large, med, wardrobe, bubble wrap, tape, collect or delivered. Local and international removals also undertaken. 952 239 110 / 632 702 306)

COIN WINDOWS Aluminium windows, Doors, PVC Blinds, Mosquito screens, C a n o p i e s , G l a s s Fa c t o r y, shower screens etc. All at village prices. Spanish owned business. English 646 066 351 (204248)

Roller Shutters

MULTIMOVERS CDS, local, international and overseas removals and storage. 952 423 128 or visit www.multi (93474)

ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadesla

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

ROLLER shutter repairs. 7 days a week. Conversion from manual to motorised, new installations. All areas covered. Coast and inland. 655 825 931 (202722)

MOVING MATTERS SL – removals and storage. Local or to and from the UK/Ireland/Portugal and across Europe. Over 16 years experience. For free quotation Tel 951 311 118. www.moving (202620)

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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

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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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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 1: 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 1. The German said: “I did something wrong which I have now paid for. I hope I can continue driving in Grand Prix.”

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

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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 two legged 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.

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Christmas celebrations for Mijas bowling club CHRISTMAS at Mijas Bowls started mid-week with a formal party at the Valparaiso and continued with a weekend Fun Bowling Party back at the club house. Members and guests first attended a glamorous night out at the Valparaiso Restaurant where they received the usual star treatment with a fabulous

meal and entertainment. Everyone enjoyed an evening of festive food, drink and dancing until the early hours. After only a couple of days rest the tenacious club members continued with a Bowling Party back at the club house. The day started with various fun bowling games organised by Brian

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