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ISSUE NO. 1435

3 - 9 JANUARY 2013

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Expat discovers tax rebate a fraud

A New Year scam alert

A NEW YEAR alert has gone out over an ongoing online UK tax scam! For while email seasonal greetings and cards were being exchanged by thousands of expat families in Spain, fraudsters were once more circulating messages purporting to be from the UK tax authorities to trick expatriates into revealing their bank details. What Costa del Sol resident Rita Arnold thought might be a tax rebate bonus has since been confirmed as a huge scam. She received an email that looked totally authentic from what she thought were the tax authorities stating that she was owed £300 (€372). They requested she fill in a form with her account number, how much money was in her credit card account, and also passwords. Clearly had she provided the details as requested, instead of receiving a £300

(€372) payment to her account, she would have found it rifled by the scam originators. Mrs Arnold decided to check the email with her lawyer son and he immediately identified it as a fraud. She is not the only British expatriate to have received such scam attempts. Six months ago Siobhan Hutton* of Benalmadena received an email seemingly carrying an HM Revenue and Customs letterhead with the subject ‘Unclaimed Tax Refund Notification’. But something did not seem quite right with the email, even though at first glance it appeared authentic. So Mrs Hutton phoned the British tax authorities with regard to the possible £239.41 (€300) rebate. And she was immediately warned it was a scam. “They asked me to forward the email Turn to Page 4

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€6,000 lottery wins A VICAR lottery outlet has sold tickets worth €7,698,000 corresponding to the 11,419 and 31,826 Christmas Lottery

numbers, each carrying a €6,000 prize per ticket. *** A MILD earthquake registering 2.4 on the Richter Scale has been felt in Canjayar and Laujar de Andarax. *** A TOTAL of 740 kilograms of immature fish have been confiscated by the authorities this year in Almeria Province.

FLASHBACK: Shoppers out seeking bargains at last year’s winter sales.

All geared-up for the winter sales

TRADERS are now gearing up hoping for a business bonanza when the annual winter sales open on Monday. Shoppers able to splash the

cash - or with plans to hit their credit cards will find many bargains, with discounts of up to 70 per cent. Shops hope - Page 3

22 are held in swoop by Almeria police POLICE have arrested 22 people in Almeria Province for allegedly conning the Social Security and the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) out of €314,515 in unemployment pay and Social Security contributions. The group offered

unemployed people the possibility to illegally collect monthly allowances and subsidies in exchange for a €300 monthly fee. They have been charged with tax office and Social Security fraud and document forgery. National Police learned

of the fraud after a citizen reported having received a letter from the Social Security about a group of people newly-enrolled as working for a cleaning company, of which he was the owner when, in reality, he did not have any involvement with the company.


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Baby found dead A SIXTEEN-MONTH-OLD baby girl allegedly kidnapped by her mother’s partner from a farmhouse in rural Almeria has been found dead. Police say the suspect confessed to killing the child and told them where the body was. Official sources told local Spanish daily IDEAL ALMERIA that the girl was found in a pond in the Nacimiento area by the Guardia Civil Special Subaquatic Operations Group. The girl was allegedly abducted from a farmhouse between the Almeria towns of Alboloduy, Nacimiento and Fiñana, on December 20 by 25-yearold Jonathan Moya Gonzalez, who was the mother’s partner, after the couple had an argument. After an extensive land and aerial search by 100 police officers from different squads, the suspect was arrested on

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Fruity business FRUIT and vegetable production profits in Almeria Province were up 43.6 per cent last autumn compared to the same period in 2011, thanks to higher yields and more land under cultivation.

Popular fair MORE than 2,000 people attended the first cultural, gastronomic and trading fair in Las Norias de Daza in El Ejido.

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Jonathan Moya Gonzalez. Inset: The baby girl with her mother. December 27 at the farmhouse where he lived with his parents in the Camino Real district of Abrucena. A second person was also arrested in the

operation for allegedly being involved in the crime.

A SURVEY of 464 daypatients at El Toyo High Resolution Hospital carried out between May and September last year revealed 99.6 per cent in patient satisfaction.


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Shops hope for sales cash-in

SHOPS throughout Spain are hoping to cash in when the winter sales start on Monday. But many traders predict a similar pattern to buying as last January’s sales when shoppers generally sought bargains at leading High Street brands - including Zara and Mango - while many smaller local traders found it difficult to attract extra business. Discounts ranging from 20 per cent in some stores up to half-price buys, and even 70 per cent off some items, can be found, and some shops even put up the sales stickers immediately after Christmas.

THE 41-year-old Adra man found dead in Adra port may have accidentally slipped off a boat and hit his head, a post-mortem examination has ruled.

Prison threat A MOROCCAN who stabbed his brother to death last January in Almeria City faces a possible eight-year prison term, according to Almeria’s Public Prosecutor.

Wife sentenced A WIFE has been sentenced to six months in prison by an Almeria court for a €7,478 unpaid phone bill she registered in her estranged husband’s name.

Third slice A THIRD Serrano Ham slicing training course is being planned at the Virgis Formadores academy in Berja following the success of the second.

300 celebrate THREE HUNDRED people attended the 523rd anniversary celebrations of the capture of Almeria City by the Catholic Monarchs.

Jaime Lissavetzky, Socialist opposition spokesman in Madrid City Hall referring to the Mayor, Ana Botella (pictured) and the Madrid Arena tragedy.

predict the sales to boom as they did last year.” Meanwhile, Zara shop assistant Maria Gonzales said she and colleagues expect next Monday’s two-month-long sales to be similar to those a year ago. “We should be very busy, especially with most of our customers in the 16-35 age bracket.” But Pepe Torres from a nationwide electrical store was not too optimistic. “Family budgets continue to be hard hit. While some will have saved to make one-off buys, in general we do not expect business levels to be the same as the good old days five or six years ago,” he said.

ALL 135,000 copies of the Euro Weekly News are from this week onwards being printed on recycled newsprint. In keeping with many major publishing houses, EWN has now switched to the use of recycled paper, adding to increasing global efforts to further safeguard the environment by reducing the amount of trees felled to produce paper of all forms. Changing to recycled paper has in no way affected the quality of printing, or picture reproduction, with many readers not noticing recent trials carried out prior to the now complete full switch. Maddocks’ View on Life - Page 29

Three Kings...bearing gifts and ‘naughty’ black sweets

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OUNG and old throughout Spain will flock to see the Three Kings on Saturday evening. This is the highlight of the local non-expatriate festive celebrations as the Three Kings - the Three Wise Men in UK Christian tradition - their pages and cartoon characters, accompanied by floats and music, parade through villages, towns and cities. And annually, wide-eyed children look on as symbolically the Kings distribute thousands of sweets to onlookers, with some youngsters even holding opened umbrellas to catch the goodies as the floats pass. Traditionally Spanish children believe that the Kings - Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar - deliver presents on January 5 night, leaving their shoes on window sills to be filled with gifts which they have asked for. Those who have not behaved might expect to find a sack of ‘coal’, represented by black, sugary sweets, which can be found in many shops. On January 6 morning, when the children receive

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One Costa del Sol commercial centre trader said she had started her sales offers early “to catch business before the Christmas visitors and tourists returned home.” And Dunnes Stores, an Irish brand with outlets on the Costa del Sol and Axarquia, began small reductions before Christmas “to encourage customers to part with their last bit of cash,” explained Beatriz Garcia. “And on Monday, our main sales of up to 50 per cent will take effect. The past week has been a little quiet. It seems as though people are waiting for the sales before spending any more. We

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Almeria City centre road reopens PROGRESS on works for a new 263-space car park in Almeria City has allowed the reopening of traffic along Calle Marin.

Good politics SMILING KING: Letters to ponder from children. Rosco de Reyes (left). their presents, many families enjoy the traditional ‘Roscon de Reyes’, a large, ringshaped cake, filled with cream and covered with candied fruit, representing the Kings’ crowns.

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the maximum price of a €16.1 isbutane gas bottle, which will

remain the same in 2013, while electricity bills will increase by 3 per cent, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism has announced.

ALMERIA CITY Popular Party’s (PP) New Generations held a charity dinner in Huercal-Overa to raise funds to buy food, which was donated to the Caritas association.

and finally... A MAN, 61, was arrested at Sevilla Airport upon arrival on a flight from Brazil, after police detected 11 kilos of cocaine in his luggage. It was hidden in a sound system which officers noticed was unusually heavy.


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Expat tax scam alert From Front Page to phishing@ hmrc.gsi.gov.uk so that the matter could be investigated further. “They told me they never make contact by email, which immediately alerted me that it was clearly a total fraud and scam.” A pensioner, Mrs Hutton has been in Spain for the last nine years, and lives in semiretirement. Sadly, her husband Reginald recently died, but this has not put a stop to the scam attempts to trick her. “Since last August I have received four or five more emails, advising that I still have time to claim the rebate due to me,” she said days after Christmas. “The original, and all subsequent correspondence, at first glance looks authentic, and is in generally good English, though there were minor errors in them, including ‘receiving’ incorrectly spelt twice. “No doubt the scam attempts will continue throughout 2013. “All expatriates should be very cautious and not be tricked,” Mrs Hutton added. *Name changed upon request to retain privacy.

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Jail call in missing men case A MAN accused of abducting two people who have never been seen since faces 27 years and nine months in jail. The man, known as JT, a

Moroccan national, will be Almeria Provincial Courts disappearance of the two 2007 and 2009. He is charged with two

tried at for the men in alleged

kidnapping offences, two alleged robbery offences and a further alleged public document falsification offence for having replaced the registration plate

Agreement for tourism THE Andalucian Tourism and Trade Department has sent to the central government a draft agreement for a project aimed at developing tourism in eastern Almeria. The project aims to diversity its current tourist offer, reduce seasonality and create stable jobs, but also to create a tourist destination of excellence by implementing customer service quality systems as well as making the region a national and international reference in terms of environmentally-responsible tourist development.

Eastern Almeria will be targeted.

from one of the victim’s cars. The first abduction was of an Ecuadorian man, an acquaintance of JT, on August 2007 after the two met at a bar in Almeria city. He has been missing ever since. The second disappearance, which happened in December 2009, is the high-profile case of El Ejido resident Juan Antonio Sanchez, who went missing after he struck up a conversation with JT, whom he did not know, outside an Almeria city bar. The Public Prosecution will request a total of 27 years and nine months in prison and a €3,240 fine for JT, who has never disclosed the whereabouts of the two men and has been remanded in prison for three years.

Winter sex appeal

SEXY SANTAS: The singing group in their festive outfits.

MORE THAN €350 has been raised for MACS by the Sexy Santas. The singing group visited establishments on Mojacar Playa and in Turre, entertaining the crowds enjoying a festive night out. The Sexy Santas have been entertaining and raising money for charities for 14 years.

Promoting health.

Alicante oil outlook good

Schools tackle health issues

INLAND Alicante’s droughtthreatened olive crop has been saved by the autumn rain. Earlier this year, growers in El Comtat watched anxiously as the dry spring and summer affected the ripening olives. As the fruit began to wrinkle, co-operatives in Cocentaina, Muro, Planes and Beniarres amongst others thought they would be lucky to harvest 13

MANY Almeria city education centres participate in the regional government’s ‘Forma Joven’ programme aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle among students by dealing with a wide range of issues. One of the centres making the best use of the programme is the secondary education institute (IES) Albaida. The institute’s counsellor Maria del Carmen Torreblanca told daily IDEAL the centre holds workshops and class discussions by medical professionals as well as special activities in order to raise awareness about smoking, bulimia, anorexia and drug consumption, as well as sexual education.

million kilos of olives. They were also pessimistic regarding the quality and flavour of the oil from this year’s crop in an industry worth an annual €8 million. Gloom was replaced by optimism thanks to the autumn rains, particularly in November when growers realised that they could now look forward to a good season. “You could say that things

are back to normal,” said Alberto Llorens of the Planes co-operative. “The 25 per cent we thought would be lost to drought has been made up,” he added. Growers now expect to pick around 15 million kilos but, better still, the price has risen from last year’s €1.70 to approximately €2.45 a kilo. “That will help, given that we hardly covered costs at the old price,” Llorens said.


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Almeria couples divorce early

MOST couples in Almeria who decide to put an end to their marriage, do so within the first 10 years. The majority of the 1,356 couples who got divorced in the province in 2010, did so before they had spent more than three or four years married. This was revealed by the

Andalucian Institute of Statistics which shows that Almeria is the sixth province in the region for the number of divorces, with only Jaen and Huelva registering fewer. Eighty-two couples who got divorced had been together for four years, 81 for three years, 73 for six

years and 626 for 10 years. There were 21 couples who divorced before they had spent even 12 months together, and 41 who did so in the second year. Meanwhile, 67 couples got separated, the lowest figure in Andalucia, and there were five annulments. In the whole of

€4m marina set to open in Garrucha By Susan Leach susan.leach@euroweeklynews .com

THE MARINA (Puerto Deportivo) is set to open this week in Garrucha. Local people and tourists went out in the sunshine last weekend to try out the new walkways despite barriers and no entry signs still being in place. In addition to more than 100 parking spaces and 336 moorings for private boats, there is a green area with plants and trees and a pedestrian area by the sea. The marina, which took 11 months to build at a cost of more than €4 million, does not include the tunnel being built at the edge of Garrucha near Mercadona and the temporary traffic lights. This underground access road for lorries is a separate project and it is unknown when, or if, it will be completed. A source who asked not to be named has confirmed that the tunnel won’t be completed this year. However, there are plans to return the roads and pavements to their original state by April so that pedestrians and traffic can circulate as before. A Port Office employee commented that the marina ‘seems very good

so far,’ adding: “We’ll soon get a better idea, now it’s up and running.” A percentage of the final payment for the marina will remain as a deposit with the Junta de Andalucia (regional government) for a year to cover the cost of putting right any imperfections. The worker’s opinion was echoed by a young Andrew Bromley-Wilson, aged 10, from Wickford in Essex who lives in Garrucha: “It’s improved a lot,” he said. “I’ll be able to come down here with my family on my scooter. It’s great!” The paved area used to be an abandoned strip covered in rubbish. Most of the workers involved in the marina’s construction were local people and now that it’s been completed, a number of maintenance jobs will also be created for locals. In addition, there’s an

area where shops and restaurants will be built and there has already been a lot of business interest shown, according to the Port Authority. The majority of nonSpanish boat owners that have applied for the use of moorings are British. Some of the applicants want to move their boats from other more crowded sites whilst others have been waiting for the marina’s completion in order to buy boats. A total of 201 applications have been accepted from people of several nationalities, including French, Dutch and German. At the time of going to press it was not known whether an official opening ceremony is going to take place but the Port Authority confirmed that the barriers are to be removed this week.

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January 5 Issue 1383 Andalucia, the total number of divorces, separations and annulments was 19,935, 4.2 per cent more than in 2009. Of these, 36 were same-sex couples. Sevilla, Cordoba and Malaga are the provinces where divorces increased the most.

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www.euroweeklynews.com By Jennifer Leighfield FIREMEN took an hour and a half to arrive at the scene of a fire in Velez Blanco. The Deputy Mayor of Velez-Rubio, Juan Chacon, also in charge of Civil Protection, said they have ‘no obligation to attend because they are volunteers’. He admitted there had been a ‘lack of coordination’ but said the fire

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Firemen 1½ hours late to Velez blaze had been extinguished thanks to their new equipment. The fire broke out at around 7pm last Saturday

A RESIDENT of Almeria, 35, was arrested in a nationwide operation against child pornography. Two hard drives containing images of children being abused were found in his home. He is one of 57 people who were arrested throughout Spain for possessing and sharing child pornography on the internet. In an operation codenamed ‘Koben’, National Police use a programme called GnuWatch which detects users who are sharing files containing extremely cruel child pornography. The programme showed that each of the users under investigation had downloaded an average of five files. Some owned as many as 800. More than 240 hard drives were

for reasons which are still not known. The flames, of up to four metres, completely gutted the ground floor of the

building, where there were two vehicles and building material. The owners, who were not at home, were alerted

Almeria man arrested in child porn operation seized and 24 other people were charged. The police commented on the detainees’ high levels of qualification and computer knowledge due to their studies or work, which made identifying them more complicated. Many had used professional software to eliminate traces of the pornographic files. They also said that many of them had been arrested in previous operations against child pornography. The police are now viewing the

files in an attempt to identify any of the victims or the people abusing them, and determine whether any of the detainees abused the children or made the videos. The other arrests took place in various parts of Spain, including La Coruña, Malaga, Murcia, Barcelona, Tarragona, Soria, Leon, Cordoba, Huelva, Sevilla, Alicante, Valencia, Castellon, Cantabria, Huesca, Zaragoza, Vitoria, San Sebastian, Las Palmas, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Sanlucar La Mayor, Novelda, Elche, Alcoy, Gandia and Lerin.

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by neighbours, who alerted a Local Police officer who was in the area. The neighbours were evacuated from their homes and many attempted to no avail to put out the fire while they waited for the firemen. The local mayor, Antonio Cabrera, had to go to Velez Rubio to get the fire truck, and Civil Protection from the neighbouring town also attended the scene. Local Police, Guardia Civil and Albox firemen eventually arrived and took more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. Meanwhile, Cabrera said he planned to request the Junta de Andalucia that there be a driver on standby for the Infoca fire engine at all times. There were another three

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February 16 Issue 1389 fires in the province over the weekend, although fortunately no-one was injured. In Roquetas, several people had to be rescued from their homes, and six were taken to the Poniente Hospital in El Ejido mainly for stress and anxiety. In Huercal Overa, 15 people were evacuated after a coal burner caught fire in an apartment. In Albox, a fire broke out in a two-storey building, causing serious material damage, although the occupants, a couple, their three children and an elderly relative, escaped unharmed. This fire was also caused by a coal burner.


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Almeria housewives hang up their aprons By Jennifer Leighfield Jennifer@euroweeklynews.com

ALMERIA PROVINCE has one of the highest rates of employment amongst women in Spain, with 57.8 per cent out at work. This is attributed in part to the financial crisis, meaning they can no longer afford to stay at home. In Andalucia, some 300,000 families have no income, as none of the members are working and their unemployment benefits have run out. This means that many women who would not normally have gone out to work will now jump at the chance. Since 2008, the percentage of women working has risen steadily to 52.93 per cent in Spain, according to the Working Women’s Profile Report carried out by employment agency Adecco.

Meanwhile, employment amongst men has fallen to 67.3 per cent. In 2009, 100,000 women who were previously housewives joined the national workforce and in 2010 and 2011, another 170,000 and 195,500 respectively, amounting to almost half-a-million women who have left their household tasks over the past three years. In Andalucia, in 2011, 34,600 former housewives went out to work. Of the female workforce in Spain, 1,868,000 are employed part-time, which is more than double the amount of men working part-time (590,500). However, this is not often because women attempt to combine their jobs with spending time with their children or looking after the home, but rather because they are unable to find fulltime employment.

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4 arrested in Mojacar for credit card fraud By Staff Reporter editorial@euroweeklynews.com

FOUR people have been arrested in Mojacar accused of credit card fraud. Investigators believe the amount the suspects pocketed could exceed €100,000 of customers’ money, Guardia Civil said. The authorities said the suspects received payment for bookings for package holidays, mainly linked to sporting events, but used a stolen credit card or cards, to pay for the trips. So far, 43 people have come forward. Their alleged victims were mainly British tourists and residents who planned to attend international sporting events. Several customers had complained after being told their trips had not been

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SEIZED GOODS: Stolen credit cards were found.

paid by the Mojacar company. The detainees ran a legal business in Mojacar offering various services, from which they sold mobile phone services as well as flights and package holidays, according to a statement by the National Police and Guardia Civil. The investigation began after victims reported their cards being used to buy tickets and book hotels.

Although the official statement from the Spanish authorities was not released until this Tuesday, local unconfirmed reports of arrests in this case had been received by EWN at the end of last week. The detainees have been identified by Guardia Civil by their initials: G.S.F. (62), B.J.T. (22), S.G.C.A. (43) and Y.D. (32). The last two are also charged with document falsification and car theft,

after two high-end cars reported stolen in the UK were found in their possession. The whole group has also been charged with ‘illegal association’ and further arrests and additional charges have not been ruled out by investigators. Their nationalities have not been officially confirmed. The case is being handled by the court in Vera.


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www.euroweeklynews.com By Linda Hall A PARAGUAYAN couple convicted of running a Mojacar brothel were jailed for five years. In 2007 they were contacted by a young Paraguayan woman interested in working as a prostitute in Spain, the court heard. After agreeing to finance her flight from Paraguay, the man accompanied her from Sao Paulo (Brazil) to Madrid. He also provided US$500 so that she could enter Spain as a tourist. This was paid back by the girl once they were clear of the airport. The couple and the 21year-old girl were detained after police from an immigration unit intercepted their car outside Mojacar. A search of their rented villa in Mojacar Playa revealed three young Paraguayan women By Jennifer Leighfield SEVEN members of a family which allegedly specialised in stealing from the houses where they worked have been arrested in by Almeria Police. One of the women worked as a cleaner and informed the others of the security systems in the houses as well as where to find jewellery, money and valuables, and when the owners would be out of the house. Her partner also worked

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working voluntarily as prostitutes. Aged between 20 and 25, they told police that they paid the couple 30 per cent of their takings at the villa as well as from working in hotels. However, it could not be demonstrated that the young woman, who received witness protection, had been deceived with false promises, the court ruled. The court also dismissed claims that she was forced to maintain sexual relations with clients and had her passport removed. She was not prevented

from leaving the Mojacar house or communicating with her family and had not been humiliated,

threatened or insulted, the judge said. Despite the five-year prison sentence, which

the couple are appealing against, the court cleared them of four other counts of prostitution.

AN organisation which allegedly paid people to transport cocaine into Spain has been dismantled in Almeria. The alleged ringleaders are amongst the 18 detainees. They were in charge of the logistics of the operation, as well as finding people who

aged between 29 and 50, planned to flee to Cuba with the stolen goods. Five of them have been remanded in prison. The police have recovered €94,000, most of which was hidden up a

LEADING MAN: Will Smith at the Madrid premiere.

Men in Black 3 Madrid premiere HOLLYWOOD actor Will Smith was in Madrid on Sunday for the Spanish premiere of Men in Black 3 (MIB3). Smith was accompanied by his

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Almeria drugs ring smashed needed money and convincing them to carry the drugs amongst their belongings or within their bodies. Other members of the gang would meet them at airports or hotels to take possession of the drugs. The ‘mules’ would stop over in European

countries when travelling from South America and Africa to avoid police inspections carried out for flights from drugs ‘hotspots’. Nine of them have been arrested and police have seized almost five kilos of cocaine. The investigation began

‘Crime’ family held for stealing from employers as an odd-job man in the same houses. They copied keys to get into the properties, which led police to investigate people who were known to the homeowners. The seven detainees,

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wife Jade Pinkett Smith, as well as co-star Josh Brolin and director Barry Sonnenfeld. The film will be released in Spain next Friday May 25.

chimney and in the false bottom of a wardrobe, as well as mobile phones,

documents of interest in the investigation and jewellery valued at €25,000.

after police found several African residents of Roquetas de Mar and the Poniente area were selling small quantities of drugs locally. They realised they were just the last step of a bigger operation run between Madrid and Almeria.

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Judge suggests mother hires ‘cheap’ baby-sitter By Jennifer Leighfield A JUDGE has denied a mother the right to choose her working hours, on the basis that there are ‘cheap baby-sitters’ available. The General Workers Union, which was representing the woman, is ‘surprised’ at the judge’s decision, especially the reasoning behind it, which they say favours the socalled ‘black economy’ of people working without contracts or social security. The Almeria woman, who has worked as a shop assistant for more than four years, requested that her employers reduce her

working week from 20 to 18 hours so she could look after her five-year-old daughter. She wanted to work 10am-2pm from Monday to Thursday, and from 12pm2pm on Friday. The company agreed to her request, although they asked that she work on rotation with other staff in order to carry out tasks outside of normal working hours, including at meetings or preparing for the sales. She was offered a timetable which required her to work some mornings and afternoons and she had

Tuesdays and Sundays off. She rejected this, as well as an offer to be moved to a shop closer to home or other possibilities. The court in Almeria has ruled that, as she knows the timetable proposed by the company, she could organise for someone to look after her daughter as she has provided no proof she is unable to work in the afternoon. Nor has she proven the child’s father is not available to help to take care of her. Having a child, the judge has said, does not prevent her from finding other alternatives.


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NARROW ESCAPE: Cherry and Barry Prescott minutes after the crash.

British couple ‘lucky to be alive’ following road smash drama EWN EXCLUSIVE By Susan Leach s.leach@euroweeklynew s.com

TWO CARS, both driven by Britons, collided when one of them veered across the A-1203 road leading to the Mojacar petrol station roundabout. The Prescotts, both aged 70, were on their way to a funeral in Mojacar Pueblo, in their grey Audi A8, when the accident happened at about 11.30am. Barry Prescott claimed

that he had suddenly seen a car from the oncoming lane driving straight towards them. Cherry said if her husband hadn’t swerved, they would have had a head-on collision. “I thought we were going to go over there,” she said, pointing to the roadside barrier. “Barry did very well and it certainly wasn’t our fault in any shape or form,” she claimed. The other car ended up on the Prescotts’ side of the road facing the wrong way.

Barry said that immediately following the accident, they saw the driver of the red Toyota that had hit them, slumped over the steering wheel. He said they and reportedly other witnesses first thought that he had died while driving. Then they saw him move. The driver, James Smith, a widower, got out of his car and told them he had come from the dentists, where he’d had an anaesthetic. Cherry said he then fainted backwards, banging his head on the road. More than 10 Guardia Civil Police arrived. They directed traffic and took statements from Barry, who speaks Spanish, and other witnesses. Cherry remarked that the ambulance took quite a while to arrive, but that everyone was very helpful. A Spanish man had called the emergency services. Mr Smith was treated in the ambulance and about 20 minutes later, driven to Huercal-Overa hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown. Cherry, a former nurse, remained calm after the accident but felt bad that

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June 14 Issue 1406 they couldn’t go to the funeral. Barry wasn’t hurt. Cherry had X-rays at Huercal Overa Hospital and they found nothing broken. At the time of going to print she had bad bruising from banging her arms when their car spun, and also seatbelt strain. She was trying to rest, and had been prescribed pain-killers. She said it could have been so much worse. The Prescotts’ dog often travels on the back seat, but luckily wasn’t with them on the day of the accident. The passsenger side back wing of the Prescotts’ car was destroyed, and the back door fell off. Cherry has lived in Spain for 24 years, and Barry 39 years. They own the Hierba Buena campsite in Cuevas de Almanzora.


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www.euroweeklynews.com By Daphne Hilarides ALMERIA PORT has finally been ruled out of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series circuit. The sporting event has traditionally been one of Almeria’s best tourist attractions, bringing some 15,000 visitors to the city each year it was held, according to Junta de Andalucia Councillor Maria Isabel Requena. In addition, the advertising campaign has reached 200 million people from 120 countries all over the world. Requena blames the situation on the town hall and Almeria Provincial Government

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Almeria Port misses out on €2.7 million for failing to support the event as they had previously promised. Requena claims both government bodies have been trying to postpone financial negotiations for the sporting event, but have left it so long now that there ‘is not enough time to organise it’. The event, which has traditionally taken place during the weekend of

October 12, has cost the Andalucian government up to €600,000 per series. However, this year Provincial Government President Gabriel Amat and Mayor of Almeria Luis Rodriguez-Comendador have been ‘absolutely irresponsible’, Requena said, despite several meetings in which they had spoken of committing

EXTREME SAILING SERIES: Almeria hosted the event last year.

ON STAGE: Antonio de Torres folklore group.

Music and dance for all tastes ROQUETAS DE MAR hosted Oona Fortune and the Rocketeers live in concert as well as a performance by the folklore group Antonio de Torres. The shows were a part of the town’s ‘A pie de calle’ cultural events, which cater to many different tastes in music.

to work towards organising and funding the event. Requena estimated that the city could have earned approximately €2.7 million by hosting the Extreme Sailing Series, due to the rise in

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business restaurants and hotels would have seen during that weekend. She also challenged Provincial Government Vice President Javier Garcia to ‘find another excuse to explain to Almeria’s tourist and

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Almeria sees largest protest in a decade ALMERIA hosted the largest labour union protest the city has witnessed in the past decade. It was one of 80 demonstrations which took place all over the country. In Almeria alone, more than 15,000 people joined forces to protest against the government’s recent financial measures to steer the country through the financial crisis. The government’s strategy has been to make budget cuts, raise taxes and public university costs, establish prescription copayment, cut benefits, change labour laws and the dependency law.

However, these measures have been met with much criticism from opposition politicians, labour unions and citizens. The labour unions UGT, CCOO and CSIF shared their outrage with the people of Almeria in a march from Puerta Purchena to Plaza de las Velas, carrying signs and banners that read: “They want to ruin the country. We have to stop this. There are more of us.” Union leaders say these new policies will set the country back even further, and that they will harm the economy even more by ‘taking us to income levels from 1975’.


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MUCH AWARDED: La Romanilla Beach in Roquetas de Mar.

La Romanilla Beach picks up 4th award

LA ROMANILLA Beach has been awarded the first ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) quality flag to be raised in Roquetas de Mar. Roquetas is one of the most awarded areas in Spain for its beaches, and La Romanilla is no exception, as it has already won a Blue Flag, an Ecoplaya recognition and a Quality ‘Q’ for being a tourist and environmentally friendly beach.

The ISO certificate guarantees adequate infrastructures for the beach, safety, cleanliness, accessibility for all and environmental health. Several consultants and auditors have visited the beaches of Roquetas de Mar to rate the coastline, and to this date the town has earned six Blue Flags, six ‘Qs’, three Ecoplayas and two ISO flags. The second ISO award will

be given to La Bajadilla Beach for 2013. The town hall has to invest money into keeping the beaches in perfect shape, and due to the present economic situation consulting agencies and maintenance work for the beaches may seem like a luxury. However, according to the tourism and beach councillor, Angel Mollinedo, they are vital to tourism because

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August 2 Issue 1413 visitors are increasingly seeking this type of rating for their beach holidays.

Nudists spending €3m every year in Almeria NUDIST tourists spend approximately three million euros each summer in Almeria. This year’s nudist tourism has suffered the effects of the economic crisis, along with other types of tourism. However, nudists have not given up completely on Almeria’s beaches for the holiday season, and usually spend €60 per day. Predictions for this year forecast a slight decrease in this year’s numbers, although it is not expected to be dramatic. These tourists tend to stay an

A GANG of copper wire thieves has been arrested. Damage caused by the gang allegedly added up to €150,000 in some cases. The Guardia Civil brought the raids in Almeria and Murcia to an end with the arrest of five men aged 24 to 41 who are said to have later sold the valuable wire. They were held for allegedly stealing copper wiring from machinery in rural areas of Vera after breaking into five irrigation pump houses. During these raids they allegedly caused

national destinations for the holidays. The province of Almeria has a total of 31 beaches where it is legal to practice nudism throughout the province. Andalucia’s Naturist Nudist Association (ANNA) has designed a map that shows the areas in which nudism is most common. Several beaches in El Ejido, Carboneras and Mojacar are frequented by nudists and non-nudists alike, although the most renowned nudist-friendly area is in Vera.

ON THE DECLINE: Cannabis use.

Drug-taking decreasing DRUG consumption is dropping in Almeria, but alcohol intake is increasing. This is revealed in the latest study on drugs by Andalucian residents carried out by the Junta de Andalucia. Residents have been found to use fewer substances of almost all types, with the exception of alcohol. Cannabis, hallucinogenic products, tranquillisers and other products have also slightly decreased. Daily consumption of tobacco has dropped from 45.7 per cent to 31.5 per cent, but alcohol consumption increased from 4.8 per cent to 5.5 per cent. The main purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence of psychoactive substances, as well as the most common socio-demographic profiles of drug-users.


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NE day last week, the concerns were all about drought. Less than three days later, the rains we thought would ease a problem brought terror to Southern Spain. So far, 11 people – including a 52-year-old British expat and a nine-year-old girl – lost their lives across Andalucia, Almeria and Murcia as thousands battled to escape the flash floods which made headlines around the world. Diana Dudas was reported missing in the town of Vera, Almeria, after the rains hit the area. She had lived in the area for several years, had a Spanish husband and ran a hairdressers and holistic therapy shop in the town. Five of the dead are from Murcia Province, three Almeria and two Malaga, where the first victim of the floods, a woman in her 80s from Alora, was found on Friday. Five people who were reported missing have been found alive. The flooding disrupted road and rail travel with many lines

Coming to terms with a day of tragedy and bridges impassable. Now those who fled the devastation have returned to their homes to count the cost of the damage, clearing up the mess with the help of local authority workers. Elsewhere, a tornado swept through a fairground in the main square of Gandia in Valencia, injuring 35 workers on the temporary funfair as a Ferris wheel was flattened and other rides damaged. Two cargo ships also ran aground and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday. As the heaviest storms started on Friday, hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in the Andalucia and Murcia regions, with Almeria and Malaga among the hardest-hit provinces. The woman in her 80s died in

Alora at her home in the El Puente neighbourhood due to the river overflowing. Another elderly woman died in La Inmaculada Hospital in Huercal Overa after being evacuated by Maritime Rescue helicopter in a residential area of Vera Playa (Almeria). The heavy rains in the area reached 120 litres per square metre. The bodies of a man and woman were found together in their car in Cuevas del Almanzora (Almeria). A man who was in a critical condition passed away in the afternoon during the transfer by helicopter to Vera by Maritime Lifeguards to La Inmaculada Hospital in Huercal Overa. Two others, a man of around 71, and his wife, both from Aguilas but who have a

property in the area, were found inside their vehicle which had been covered in mud in Guazamara Rambla, Cuevas del Almanzora at around 8.50pm. These are believed to be the worst floods in the Almeria region since 1986 when floods caused three deaths The road from Bedar to Serena, below La Fuente, was cut off by flooding as a result of torrential rain which started in the early hours of Friday morning and continued on and off throughout the day. The Club Itica Vera stables were flooded and one of their seven horses has disappeared. A shepherd has been left destitute after his 200 sheep were swept away in the floods.

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ADRA is calling for the local riverbed to be cleared urgently to prevent a similar disaster to the recent floods. Back in October 1973, a storm bringing 206 litres of rain per square metre caused the river to break its banks, resulting in severe damage, with water reaching a depth of two metres in parts. At its worst, the river was flowing with up to 1,200 cubic metres per second, breaking the walls which had been built to divert its course. For seven years, the town hall has been sending requests to the government delegation in the province for the riverbed to be cleared, as its current state is a danger to the town. Local mayor, Enrique Hernando, has recently met with the territorial representative for the Junta de Andalucia Department of Agriculture, Fishing and Environment, Jose THE ‘Safe Shopping Plan’ (Plan de Comercio Seguro) campaign has been launched jointly between El Ejido Local and National Police as well as the council itself. Guaranteeing police surveillance in those areas with a higher number of shoppers is the aim of the initiative, in order to avoid the usual type of offences

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‘Clear our river’ pleas from town Manuel Ortiz, to discuss the matter. Ortiz said he didn’t realise the riverbed was so bad. The mayor has announced that if TWO care-home workers have pleaded guilty to involuntary homicide charges following the death of two elderly patients. The manager of the Nicolas Salmeron care home in Alhama de Almeria and a cleaning lady were accused of negligence after four patients drank hydrochloric acid that had been stored in a plastic water bottle.

nothing is done, the town will take the case to court, although previous representatives said the problem with clearing the river is the presence of a

protected species of fish. Hernando said his priority is the people of Adra but he has ‘nothing against the fish’. When the town hall

took clearing the river into its own hands a few years ago, they were reported for their effort. The river continues to be full of cane and plants, as

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Carers plead guilty in acid-death case The pair were sentenced to six months in jail suspended in lieu of fines of €540 each. The tragedy occurred five years ago when the acid was mixed with

water in a bottle, which was ‘forgotten’ about in a toilet after an emergency call. Six days later, another staff member picked up the bottle and used it to

quench the thirst of four patients. The four immediately became ill and a day later a 75-year-old woman died. The second victim, a 91-year-old man, passed

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coincided with that of the ‘Night in White’ (Noche en Blanco) cultural event and the Cheese Fair on December 14, and will

finish on January 9. El Ejido Councillor for Tourism and Trade Luisa Barranco said that the town hall will make a great effort to optimise the available human resources in order to contribute towards the campaign’s success.

Barranco, National Police Superintendent Angel Fernandez and Citizens’ Protection Director Jose Luis Guerrero met with El Ejido shopkeepers to discuss the initiative. It was later announced that a practical guide

away a month after the incident. The insurance company will have to pay out a total of €143,000 in compensation to the victims’ relatives.

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Lack of response surprises man who offered to house evictees

SHOPPING SPREE: Police to keep extra watch.

EULOGIO CARMONA, the man who offered his holiday home in Vera to an evicted family for a two-year period, is surprised that only three families have shown interest in his offer during the first week since he made it public. However, he admitted

that a contact telephone number he could be reached on was only published in the last couple of days. Carmona wants to give temporary help to a family facing eviction or an already-evicted one until they find employment and get back on their feet.

He praised Vera Mayor Jose Carmelo Blanco ‘for offering him all the help he could give, not as a citizen, but as a mayor’. Carmona described the Vera Mayor as ‘someone who cares about the country’s problems’ and plans on meeting him next week.


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Violent crow is banished A CROW that launched a series of vicious attacks on people has been banished from Almeria. The bird lurked on a roof top from where it spotted potential victims to swoop on and savagely peck. One woman was left bleeding from her wounds after several people had been assaulted by the feathered fiend in Almeria city’s Castell del Rey neighbourhood.

The crow was finally tracked to its lair by two agents from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment. The capture was difficult due to poor accessibility as well as the crow’s resistance. It seems that the bird had been in captivity before as it had a leather bracelet on one of its legs. Now the creature has been released in the Sierra de Gador mountain range in the hope it stays clear of people in the future.

Mojacar brochure to attract German tourists A NEW Mojacar tourism brochure has been created in German in order to break into the north European country’s tourist market. The brochure, titled ‘Entdecken Sie. Mojácar’ (‘Discover Mojacar’) with an A3 format, lists the town’s cultural and scenic attractions as well as accommodation lists and

sports and leisure facilities and events. It is already being distributed in German travel agencies and will be on offer at the Berlin Fair in March. The new catalogue complements the 80-page promotional brochure already available in both Spanish and English. And to attract walkers a

Jailed after drunken scuffle AN Almeria city criminal court has sentenced two brothers, EMR and JJMR to six months in prison each after a scuffle with police officers. The were also sentenced to a €90 fine for injury and abuse offences, as well as being ordered to pay €240 compensation after they drunkenly fought with two Local Police officers, one of whom was injured, outside a bar on Calle Arapiles in Almeria city in the early hours of January 31, 2009.

new five-kilometre circular trekking route has been inaugurated in the town by Mayor Rosa Maria Cano, which adds to the four already-existing ones.

FUN DAY: Runners dressed up for the fun marathon.

Runners help poor RUNNERS helped the poor with food when the Albox Seventh San Silvestre marathon took place on Sunday. Organised by the council’s Sports, Youth and Culture Department as well as the cultural association Somos Albojenses, the entry fee was a kilogramme of non-perishable foods

which was later donated to Caritas for distribution to the poor. The race started at 11am from the municipal sports pavilion and prizes were given to the first three runners of the men’s and women’s categories, as well as to the best individual or collective fancy dress costume.


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EWN 2013 NATIONAL HOLIDAY GUIDE Spain

January 1: New Year January 6: Three Kings March 29: Good Friday May 1: Labour Day August 15: Assumption Day October 12: National Day November 1: All Saints Day December 6: Constitution Day December 25: Christmas Day

January 1: New Year January 6: Epiphany March 29: Good Friday March 31: Easter Sunday April 1: Easter Monday May 1: Labour Day May 9: Ascension Day May 19: Pentecost June 6: National Day June 22: Midsummer Day November 2: All Saints Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day

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January 1: New Year January 2: 2nd January (Scotland) March 18: St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland) March 29: Good Friday April 1: Easter Monday May 6: Early May Bank Holiday May 27: Spring Bank Holiday July 12: Orangemen’s Day (Northern Ireland) August 5: Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland) August 26: Summer Bank Holiday December 2: St Andrew’s Day (Scotland) December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day

Germany January 1: New Year March 29: Good Friday April 1: Easter Monday May 1: Labour Day May 9: Ascension Day May 20: Whit Monday October 3: German Unity Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day

Norway January 1: New Year March 24: Palm Sunday March 28: Maundy Thursday March 29: Good Friday March 31: Easter Sunday April 1: Easter Monday May 1: Labour Day May 9: Ascension Day May 17: Constitution Day May 19: Whit Sunday May 20: Whit Monday December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day

Denmark January 1: New Year March 28: Maundy Thursday March 29: Good Friday March 31: Easter Sunday April 1: Easter Monday April 26: Common Prayer Day May 9: Ascension Day May 19: Whit Sunday May 20: Whit Monday June 5: Constitution Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day

In addition in many nations when a holiday falls on a Sunday the following day becomes a day off.

Couple sentenced for poisoning lynx A COUPLE in Jaen has been sentenced to 20 months in prison and a fine of €115,000 for killing an Iberian Lynx with poisoned bait. WWF Spain reports that the critically endangered species was poisoned on the couple’s property in Andujar. The couple can appeal the sentence, but if it is confirmed by a higher court and they are unable to pay the fine, they could be sent to prison. Spain and the rest of the EU are investing large sums of money to attempt to save the Iberian Lynx from extinction. Guardia Civil from the Nature Protection Service entered a fenced property to locate the lynx’s corpse and gather evidence in 2008. The couple claimed that they did not know who had set the bait. Using poisoned bait is illegal and can be punished with prison time and large fines.

FALSE: An investigation began as a result of the marriage certificate.

Woman is married to three men

IBERIAN LYNX: An endangered species.

A WOMAN, 40, was arrested in Madrid for being married to three Nigerians who she had charged €3,000 each so they could get Spanish nationality. The investigation began when police discovered irregularities in the request for a residency permit of a Nigerian man. He had married a Spanish woman and included the marriage certificate in his request. However, the woman was registered as having married two other Nigerian men in other parts of Madrid in 2007 and 2008.


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Network laundered €50,000 per day A NETWORK of call centres which allegedly laundered €30 million of drug money has been broken up by National Police. Forty-nine people were arrested in Madrid, Barcelona and Albacete. The police reported that drug dealers used the organisation, which had 12 call centres but attracted hardly any customers, in order to transfer the money made from drug sales from Spain to Colombia. They allegedly laundered some €50,000 per day. Police officers seized €500,000 in cash, utensils for cutting and packing drugs, two guns, 100 pieces of jewellery and luxury watches and moneycounting machines, as well as cocaine and a gun, which were found at the home of the Colombian ringleader.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: A Beniparrell restaurant made sure the needy celebrated in style. SEIZED: Cash and other goods in police haul.

Restaurant puts on luxury Paying for a job banquet for poor families A PRIVATE school in Granada reportedly charges €190 for a job interview. The Maria Nebrera Teaching Company is looking for 90 employees, including teachers, maintenance staff and computer technicians, but aspiring candidates must reportedly pay €190

into an account in order to be considered for the position. Ten people have already submitted CVs and the selection process is open until March. The company has a pre-school and plans to build other centres which will offer studies from Primary to High School.

A FAMILY-RUN restaurant in Beniparrell, Valencia, offered a luxury meal to 350 local families who are having financial difficulties. The families were chosen by Social Services in seven towns on the outskirts of Valencia. The restaurant, run by the fifth generation of the same family and celebrating its 125th anniversary, specialises in weddings and large parties, and wanted to offer the

families the chance to get together over Christmas. The size of the family was not important and there was anything from two to 14 members, of which 115 were children. Forty employees served food at the banquet and did so for free. The menu normally costs €50 to €60 per person. There was a mobile disco and alcoholfree bar, as well as a magician to entertain the children.


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Vineyards need to box clever FORGET the Christmas cheer that festive sales annually bring to Spanish wine producers globally. National producers exporting to the UK may have to reassess their long-term marketing strategies following a report that shows just how price sensitive

British consumers are becoming. The traditional stigma against wine in a box or with a screw-top cap is lessening as UK tipplers decide that price is more important than a cork. As many as four in 10 wine users agreed that wine in a box or a pouch is equally as good quality as bottled wine. Just a quarter of wine users thought of boxed wine as inferior. Meanwhile, screw tops are even less of an issue for wine lovers, with just 17 per cent less-than-favourable re- claiming not to trust possession stock and screw cap quality wine. developers who have Chris Wisson, of glocal properties that literally media analysts Mintel, nobody wishes to buy,” said said: “Recent years Nick Stuart, a Marbella- have seen many wine based real estate company drinkers reappraising director. their perceptions and Stuart, of Spanish Hot use of wine in differing Properties, was also quoted formats and packaging as adding: “The Belgians, styles. Dutch, Russians and “Boxed wine has the Scandinavians are hot on added advantage of the Marbella as they realise wine keeping longer, that prices are at their allowing more flexible lowest and represent usage and encouraging incredible value for money.” moderate drinking.”

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SIX out of 10 Spanish women say they have been unfaithful to their partners following a Christmas work or New Year party. In a recent study - not just reflecting on parties this festive season - but also in previous years, 57 per cent of men admitted seasonal infidelity, with 42 per cent blaming alcohol. When it came to the women, 84 per cent said their actions were due to alcohol. Also, 94 per cent of men and 98 per cent of women claimed to have fantasies about colleagues. While the figures will surprise many, it should be noted they were gathered from a website specialising in extra-marital relationships with more than 800,000 users in Spain and 16 million throughout the world.

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Ignore taxman’s cash demands at your peril Q. I HAVE seen several alarming adverts from Spanish tax consultants and others which state that the Spanish Tax Agency can now take money directly from the bank accounts of people who have not paid their taxes. I think this refers mainly to non-resident property owners and they refer to December 31 as a deadline. In my own small building I know several non-resident owners who say they have owned their property for years and have never paid any taxes at all. Can you clear this up? M O (Costa del Sol) A. YES, we can. First, You and the Hacienda, which is properly known as the Tax Agency, Law in Spain By David Searl can indeed take money from bank accounts. They have always been able to do this, but only after various notifications to pay, leading finally to the seizure and embargo of assets. There is no deadline of December 31, except that another year has passed. Nevertheless, we have a real situation here. These adverts refer to a series of letters which the Tax Agency is now sending out. There are three in the series. The first letter simply states that the recipient is a non-resident property owner and that there is no record of his paying the non-resident property owner’s tax. The second letter describes in detail the total tax owed, and the third letter offers a payment plan. If a non-resident property owner who has never filed a form 210, formerly 214, declaring for Non-Resident Property Owner’s Imputed Income Tax, receives the first letter, then they have been found out. They will receive the second letter, and the third letter. If all the letters are ignored, the Tax Agency will proceed to seize their assets. At the law office I work with, several owners have come in after receiving the first letter. Our advice is always to talk with the Tax Agency and pay what you owe, the sooner the better. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. ask@lawtaxspain.com or call 952 667 090.

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A truly festive fling for John Lewis! DEPARTMENT store John Lewis shrugged off the economic crisis with a record festive period, taking £157.8 million (€192 million) in the week up to Christmas, 26.5 per cent up on a year ago.

£££ BRITONS suffered the biggest fall in their finances in seven months in December with a third of respondents to a survey by Markit Household Finance saying their

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£££ BRITAIN moved up to sixth in the global economic league table during 2012, overtaking Brazil. The

value of the UK’s national output overtook that of Latin America’s biggest economy following a fall in the value of the Brazilian currency, the real, a study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research found.

£££ BIG companies paid £21 billion (€25.6 billion) in corporation tax in 2011/2012, down 21 per cent in 10 years.

Introspective Europe should look to rest of the world THE EU summit a few weeks ago focused mainly upon the structure and management of a banking financial regulator to control, in the first instance, the eurozone’s national banks. The aim is to form them into a single entity that would, in theory, mean that every eurozone bank Jim would, at least in Collins part, be responMONEY MARKET: UK Government looking to safeguard sible for the fiscal Costa Blanca City of London’s status as European financial hub integrity of all. If, Would China have say, the Bank of France As a respected financial more demanding, requirefound itself moving into a correspondent puts it: “Mr ments of overseas achieved the supereconomy status it now danger zone, the Noyer appears to be more customers. if it had regulator would ensure concerned with underIn an article published enjoys that the entire eurozone mining the City of London in the Daily Telegraph on concentrated its efforts December 17, Professor towards developing only would act to protect it. than anything else.” A good idea perhaps, Clearly, urgent Klaus Schwab, Executive its home market? Of course not; and yet but one riddled with measures are required if Chairman of the World economists pitfalls. Germany, sus- the eurozone is to be Economic Forum, lauded European the ‘success’ of the euro, seem to be, even now, picious of anything that stabilised. the EU’s smells even faintly of There is growing stating that “it has promoting ‘debt mutualisation’ has evidence of economic provided major economic internal market, almost to exclusion of already expressed doubts, recovery in the USA, rewards, and increased the and this plan, raising China and even in Britain, trade within the eurozone everything else. The European problem Berlin’s hackles as it does, where car production and and the more tightly European lies of course in the drear appears to reek quite sales worldwide are up 15 integrated fact that the euro was, strongly. per cent on those of a financial markets.” It makes one wonder if and still is, a political Britain is already year ago, in contrast to threatening to veto the France, where both these experts ever bother project. It is said that entire project unless it Renault and Citroén have to see how other ‘nothing is so bad that political tinkering can’t economies are doing. includes inviolate clauses crashed 19 per cent. Would the USA have make it worse’, and yet, that will protect the City Both companies have of London’s status as made efforts to turn these become one of the richest unfortunately for the most powerful ordinary people of the EU, an independent European figures around, but having and financial hub, thus concentrated for so long nations in the world if it politicians continue to raising the blood-pressure on the European internal had closed its frontiers, fumble and ‘tweak’, of Christian Noyer, markets, they have failed leaving the separate attempting, more in hope Governor of the Banque to recognise the states to trade only with than expectation, to save the euro. de France. changing, and perhaps one another?


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www.euroweeklynews.com Here we are at the beginning of another year again, a time when many people reflect on the previous 12 months and look ahead to what they can improve over the coming year and beyond. Do you already have a considered, strategic wealth management plan in place? If not, this is a good time to stop and review your investments, pensions and tax planning to evaluate if they are ready for what 2013 may have to bring and, importantly, if they are designed with a long-term view to preserving your wealth and meeting your objectives. For the most effective results, and peace of mind that you have considered everything and have the most up to date information to hand, you should discuss your current financial planning, objectives and circumstances with a professional wealth manager like Blevins Franks which specialises in providing wealth management and tax planning advice to expatriates. Tax planning One of the key trends over recent years - and which is set to continue is tax rises. Taxpayers across Europe, including here in Spain, are paying more and more tax. Higher earners have been hit hardest, though most people are affected in one way or another. Are you sure that your assets are structured in the most tax efficient manner for Spain, and that your tax

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planning takes all the latest tax changes into account? You should ask a locally based tax planning specialist like Blevins Franks to review your current arrangements and establish if you can lower your tax liabilities on your savings and investments and protect your wealth from capital taxes where possible. At the same time you should consider what you can do to reduce the inheritance tax liabilities for your heirs, both in the UK and here in Spain. Many people intend to review their estate planning but never quite get round to it. Make 2013 the year when you get it sorted, to ensure you leave as much of your estate as possible to your heirs rather than the taxman. Probate can be a lengthy and complicated process, especially when you have assets in a few different countries. You may be able to make

life easier and cheaper for your heirs by using financial arrangements whereby the assets can be passed directly to your chosen beneficiaries. Your wealth manager should advise you on this. In tandem with tax rises, governments across Europe have been clamping down on tax evasion over recent years, and we will see much more of this over the coming years. Whether you are looking to lower your personal tax liabilities or those for your heirs, it is essential to only use arrangements that are fully compliant in your country of residence as well as, in the case of inheritances, where your heirs are based. Here in Spain the new reporting law comes into effect this year, and you have to declare all your overseas assets, from bank accounts to property, worth over ₏50,000 by 31st March. Failure to do so would incur very costly penalties. This is part of Spain’s latest efforts to recoup unpaid tax and prevent further tax evasion, and is one of the

measures included in its new anti-tax fraud law. Savings and investments Successful investment is about managing risk versus return and having a well thought out portfolio strategy specifically based on your personal circumstances, needs and objectives. Consider the following: Did you buy your current investments according to a strategic overall plan, or have you bought shares and funds here and there over the years? If the latter, it is time for an overall review. Your portfolio may be riskier than you realise, and riskier than it need be to meet your objectives. Are you confident that you have adequate diversification and the right balance between assets to reduce risk? Is your portfolio specifically targeted to your needs? For example, if you require income, do you own assets which produce a natural income so that you do not have to withdraw capital?

Have any of your circumstances changed over the last year or so? If so your portfolio may need adjusting accordingly. Has your portfolio been reviewed over the last 12 months to see if it needs re-balancing to remain in line with your risk profile? Re-balancing helps to control risk and tends to have a positive effect on portfolio performance. Finally, going back to tax planning, how tax efficient are your current investments? You will not want to lose any more of your income and gains to tax than you have to, but are your savings and investments tax efficient here in Spain? What matters are after tax returns. Ideally tax planning and investment planning should be tackled together. The two are inextricably linked and you want to find a wealth manager who can provide both investment expertise and tax expertise. Blevins Franks, for example, have specialised in providing integrated tax and wealth management to British expatriate for decades, and would review all your current financial planning, along with your needs and objectives, and recommend the best way forward for you for 2013 and beyond. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com


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CORREOS plans to sell newspapers from its 2,300 offices throughout Spain. The Spanish post office network will sell papers, office equipment, stationery goods and computer equipment. The company has presented a plan which is to be completed within 1,500 days, and aims to increase the commercial capacity of its offices and make them the ‘best provider of physical and electronic communication services on the Spanish market’. The measures it plans include providing postal services at ‘competitive’ prices and promoting courier and online services. The president, Javier Cuesta, presented the project before the Ministry of Public Works and the Tax Ministry.

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Luxury sector on the rise THE Spanish luxury sector has ended 2012 with €4.79 billion in sales.

This is 15 per cent more than in 2011, when the sector sold 20 per cent more than the previous year

thanks to many products being sold internationally. The upward trend is expected to continue in 2013, with a further 15 per cent improvement. Forty per cent of the money made by Spanish luxury product companies is thanks to international sales. However, 55 per cent of tourists visiting Spain purchase international brands which can be acquired here at lower prices and many can also get them tax-free. Meanwhile, according to consultants Bain and Company, Spanish clients buy fewer products but of better quality. The favourite products are those related to food and beauty. Most luxury products are WINNING SMILES: Philip sold in Barcelona (32 per and Vanessa. cent) and Madrid (27 per cent), followed by Marbella, the cake to our exceptional Ibiza and Mallorca, year!” according to Luxury Spain.

Winning ways for PLC COSTA DEL SOL based PLC Advertising and Marketing Agency Managing Director Philip Langley proudly holds the Expatriate Agency of the Year Award he received at the Euro Weekly News (EWN) Annual Party held in Mijas. Also pictured is Senior Account Director Vanessa Alvarez. After being presented with the award by EWN Publishers Michel and Steven Euesden, Philip commented: “We work hard year round to meet clients’ objectives, which means much planning, a high level of creativity and true dedication, so to win this against such strong competition is the cherry on

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Amazon tops AMAZON has been voted the best US website for online shopping for the eighth year running.

Sales soar DAIMLER, the world’s biggest truck maker, saw global sales of its six brands - MercedesBenz, Fuso, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, and BharatBenz - rise to 424,000 vehicles from January-November.

Ford invests FORD plans to invest more than $773 million (€583 million) on new equipment and updated facilities in six factories in the United States as part of a plan to invest $6.2 billion (€4.67 billion) in US plants by 2015.


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Hard work trying to buy local in a Chinese dominated world IN our house over the last month we set ourselves a challenge to try and buy Spanish, or European, if possible. Boy, has it been hard! First off we needed to buy a fan heater for the bathroom. Every model in our price range came from China. And in the end we couldn’t stand shivering in the shower any longer and settled on a Chinese heater. Next was a form of heating for the sittingroom. We wanted a gas heater and once again nearly every one was made in the People’s Republic of China. Only by chance on the way to the cashier did we spot a heater made in Italy. It was a little more expensive, but the delight of finding something made

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

TOO EXPENSIVE: Locally made wooden toys to die for. in Europe was enough to make us buy it. Next were Christmas presents. My husband needed a leather messenger bag for his iPad and bits and bobs because he cycles. Lots of nice and reasonably priced bags are

available online, but what about in Spain? Not a chance! Numerous shops I entered could supply a bag, but at triple the cost of those online. Also, while the leather

was nice, for some reason the bags couldn’t be made with the same secure zipup inside pockets and quality lining. Not wanting to make it any easier for pickpockets, I was forced

to buy online, rather than locally. Then came the task of buying Christmas toys for all the kids in the family. The biggest problem is that anything made locally is much more expensive than what’s available online. A lovely toyshop near us sells beautiful, oldfashioned toys including quality picnic baskets for little girls and lovely, handmade wooden toys. They are to die for, but so are the prices. And while I would love to support this shop, I just can’t afford to. So once again the toys came from Amazon and after opening all the packages, guess what? Made in China! At least the food we ate over Christmas was locally sourced.

Seafood prices soared as Christmas neared THE price of seafood products rose sharply over the Christmas period. Products including eels, sea bream and oysters rose as much as 30 per cent, according to the User and Consumer Organisation, OCU. The report was based on prices at Alcampo, Carrefour, Eroski, Mercadona, municipal markets and other stores

in Madrid and Barcelona in November, early December and on December 21. It showed that to avoid high prices, products should ideally be purchased 15 days before the start of the Christmas period. Baby eels cost €1,660 per kilo in November, whereas by the end of December they had risen to €1,775, while sea

bream rose from €30.12 per kilo to €38.81 and oysters from €24.53 for a dozen to €31.48. Other fish, including bass and hake also rose considerably, as did suckling lamb, barnacles, langoustines, purple cabbage and pullets. The price of clams, beef, pineapple and Iberian ham fell over Christmas.

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Pay more MERCADONA will pay €0.01 per litre more to the 2,000 plus Spanish farmers who supply their stores with milk.

Bank deal BANCO SANTANDER has sold the Canalejas Complex where its headquarters were located in Madrid to the Villar Mir construction group for €215 million.

Salary rise THE Spanish Ministry of Employment has proposed increasing the minimum salary by 0.6 per cent in 2013 to €645.3.

Share surge STOCKS of Spain’s major cosmetic surgery companies, Corporacion Dermoestetica, surged by 16 per cent after announcing it was leaving the stock exchange.

Tourism up SPAIN received more than 55 million foreign tourists between January and November 2012, which was 2.9 per cent more than for the same period in 2011.

Financial crisis puts golf in a bunker... THE financial crisis is hitting Spanish golf hard, with the number of PGA professional tournaments plummeting to just the Spanish Open. In 2011, Spain hosted seven European Tour tournaments. SEAFOOD DISHES: Prices of fresh fish shot up.

But now in deep recession, putting up enough prize money to attract golf’s big names is an unaffordable luxury, said Javier Gervas, CEO of MatchGolf, which promoted the former Iberdrola and Castello European Tour events.

Tourist boards that once bankrolled tournaments and companies that provided sponsorship either no longer have the money to do so or do not want to be seen spending it on golf when Spaniards are so hard up, he added.


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Driving to an unsure conclusion...

YET again I have been rejected. After my fantasy of a romantic Christmas Day liaison had been firmly dashed by Crispin, I excitedly asked him to put aside New Year’s Eve for just him and me. But he turned me down. While I accepted him spending Christmas with his parents,

COMMENT Splendid isolation

As I see it... Ana Jefferson-Smith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain sharing the entire festive period with family seemed far-fetched seeing as from what I had

gathered recently he is a social butterfly throughout more normal times. If he was as committed to

‘us’ as I am, surely he would have made more effort to see me and spend time with me. Christmas and New Year have always been a time for loved ones... and in my book I wanted to be among his loved ones on New Year’s Eve, and not once more left on the touchline with

MADDOCKS’ VIEW ON LIFE EWN now printed on recycled newsprint

CATALUÑA President Artur Mas is obsessed with going ahead with his independence plans. If every Catalan shared this obsession he would have won the November regional elections with an overall majority. Instead he and the CiU party lost seats. There is a message here, but Mas either does not hear it or prefers to ignore it. Instead of heeding the electorate he is listening to a delirious inner voice.

A healthy attitude THE Constitutional Tribunal (TC) validated the Basque Region’s refusal to cancel illegal immigrants’ health cards. Humanitarian motives apart, assuring them of healthcare will help check the spread of the contagious and infectious diseases that immigrants often bring with them, said the TC. Health Minister Ana Mato does not see it this way and intends to appeal, demonstrating yet again that politicians only accept verdicts that they dictate themselves.

Island vanishes into thin air A SOUTH PACIFIC island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps for at least a decade does not exist. Australian scientists went to inspect the supposedly sizeable strip of land midway between Australia and New Caledonia but found only ocean. *** CHINA’s rich are paying up to £200,000 (€245,000) for rare

JUST FANCY THAT... bottles of whisky at The Johnnie Walker House that has opened in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. *** AN American dental assistant - fired for threatening her boss’s marriage after his wife complained about his infatuation for her - has lost her discrimination lawsuit.

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PLANE engineers have been using sacks of potatoes as stand-ins for passengers while working to eliminate in-flight wireless signal weak spots as their water content and chemistry absorb and reflect radio wave signals much the same way as the human body does. TWO

*** South Africans

have been arrested for ‘borrowing’ a corpse and creating a fake woman in order to complete a $11,000 (€8,300) life insurance scam payout. *** RANDI ZUCKERBERG, the sister of Facebook co-founder Mark, has tripped up on the social network’s privacy settings, displaying a family photo showing Mark in a kitchen with family members to the public, and not as intended just for friends.

room only for his parents. Anyway, having sat alone at home on Christmas Day, to cheer myself up, I decided to go out with the girls on New Year’s Eve, many of them returning to the coast for the Christmas period, and many of whom I had partly neglected after Crispin first bounced into my life. I wanted to take my wandering mind off him and enjoy myself. That’s what New Year’s Eve is all about. So in true Marbella style, five of us donned our sparkliest frocks, skyscraper Louboutins, longest lashes, and drank Champagne. Some of my favourite moments have been spent with my girlfriends. There was the night we all watched British rap-star Tinie Tempah in a Puerto Banus club and then tried to sneak into his VIP area. And the countless hours gossiping about our latest male encounters, giggling about our conquests. Plus, of course, the hopping from Louis Vuitton to Dior, and from Hermes to D&G, overladen with shopping bags filled with the latest styles and planning when next to show them off. Meeting Crispin was another highlight, although New Year’s Eve wasn’t the time to reflect on that. Instead as the celebrations wore on, we all drunkenly stumbled the night away, until the final destination brought a sense of familiarity over me. For there, in the car park, was Crispin’s Porsche. If he was supposedly spending the evening with his family, why was his car in Puerto Banus? My heart raced as I sheepishly entered the discotheque, unsure of what I would encounter. Limited space means... more anon.


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5:10am 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 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm 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.

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7:00am Pingu 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 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 The Sword in the Stone 11:15am Coast 11:45am The Great British Bake Off 12:45pm The Great British Bake Off 1:45pm Great British Food Revival 2:15pm The Weakest Link 3:15pm Inside Claridge's

5:55am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Dinner Date Daters try to find romance as they enjoy three meals, cooked for them by three blind dates.

4:25am Destination Moon 6:05am Deal or No Deal 7:00am The Hoobs 7:25am The Hoobs Nothing makes a Hoob laugh like a hoobledangler. 7:55am Will and Grace 8:20am According to Jim Andy starts dating Ruby's piano teacher. 8:45am Everybody Loves Raymond Ray buys Debra an elaborate Christmas present so that she will let him go on a golfing weekend. 9:15am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:50am Frasier 10:20am Frasier 10:50am The Big Bang Theory 11:20am The Big Bang Theory 11:50am The Simpsons 12:20pm The Simpsons 12:50pm The Last Mimzy 2:40pm Von Ryan's Express

7:20am Jelly Jamm 7:35am Peppa Pig 7:40am Olive the Ostrich 7:45am Little Princess 8:00am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:10am The Mr Men Show 8:25am Thomas and Friends 8:35am Noddy in Toyland 8:50am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:00am Peppa Pig 9:10am Peppa Pig 9:20am Roary the Racing Car 9:35am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:50am Tickety Toc 10:05am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 10:10am Castle Farm 10:25am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:40am Looney Tunes 10:50am Meerkat Manor 11:20am Emergency Bikers 12:25pm CSI: Miami 1:25pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:30pm The Mentalist 2:25pm Meals in Moments 2:35pm Jane Doe: Ties That Bind

4:45pm Perfection Nick Knowles hosts the general knowledge quiz show. 5:30pm Flog It! Antiques series. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm Celebrity Mastermind 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Waterloo Road School-based drama. 10:00pm DIY SOS The Big Build Home renovation series. 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 Summer in Blackpool

4:20pm Confessions of a Shopaholic Romantic comedy. 6:00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm University Challenge It is the last of the semi-final matches in the University Challenge Christmas quiz. 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 Princes will be Princes... In a 60-year family saga this three-part series explores the reign of Queen Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and their children, including letters, diaries, memoirs and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life. This final episode focuses on Victoria's relationship with her sons and how, after Albert's death, they struggled to live up to his model of purity. 11:00pm Mrs Brown Dramatisation of one of history's most unusual love stories.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 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 Rachel and Rishi worry that Jai is struggling to cope with not seeing Archie. 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale Charity's hand is forced when an argument between Jai and Rishi explodes. 9:30pm Nursing the Nation 10:00pm Trouble Abroad 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Gary Barlow and Friends Gary Barlow is joined by some superstar friends including Peter Kay, James Corden, Mark Owen, JLS and Nicole Scherzinger for a musical spectacular at the Manchester Apollo.

5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Location, Location, Location 10:00pm The Restoration Man 11:00pm Millionaire Boy Racers

4:15pm Out of the Woods 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Emergency Bikers Action-packed documentary series following the work of emergency bike crews. 7:30pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 8:00pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Observational documentary series. 9:00pm Great Northern Cookbook 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother

12:35am Have I Got a Bit More News for You An extended compilation of the popular news quiz, looking back at the big news of 2012. 1:20am Skiing Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:25am Natural World 2:25am Countryfile 3:25am Antiques Roadshow 4:25am Great British Food Revival Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. 5:25am BBC News

12:40am I'm a Pop Star! In the final part of the series it's all about the solo artists as we delve into the psyche of the men and women who go it alone. What drives them into pop single combat... braving the baying hordes armed with just a microphone, some songs and an unquenchable belief that what they have got to say is worth hearing? 1:40am Hebburn 2:10am Twenty Twelve Comedy series. 2:40am BBC News

12:50am The Golden Rules of TV 1:10am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Tonight 4:25am Pushing Daisies 5:10am ITV Nightscreen Textbased information service.

4.00pm - midnight

BBC3 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 8:10pm Kung Fu Panda Holiday Animated family film. Po is asked to host the annual winter holiday feast for the kung fu masters. 8:35pm Monsters vs Aliens 10:00pm Bad Education 10:30pm Bad Education 11:00pm Bad Education 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! Animated series about family man Stan Smith, who works for the CIA. 1:30am Russell Howard's Good News 2:00am The Revolution Will be Televised 2:30am The Revolution Will be Televised 3:00am Bad Education 3:30am Bad Education 4:00am Bad Education 4:30am Him and Her

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 Mincemeat For more than 60 years, the real story behind Operation Mincemeat has been shrouded in secrecy. 10:00pm Defiance Thriller based on a true story. 12:05am Survivor Stories 1:05am The Treasures of Ancient Rome 2:05am Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau 3:00am Sonny Rollins 4:00am Arena: Sonny Rollins '74: Rescued!

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Edward Asner. Jason London. 12:05am The 15Stone Babies 1:05am Catfish 2:45am Frankenstein: A Modern Myth 3:40am When Hell Freezes 5:00am Time Team 5:55am Deal or No Deal

12:00am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor Home improvement series. 5:20am Divine Designs Paul Binski examines some of Britain's most fascinating religious artworks and artefacts. 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics 6:05am Don't Forget the Lyrics 7:00am A League of Their Own 7:30am A League of Their Own 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am The Middle 9:30am The Middle 10:00am Terra Nova 11:00am Terra Nova 12:00pm Terra Nova 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm A League of Their Own 10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm A League of Their Own

12:00am Cop Squad 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Brit Cops - Frontline Crime 2:55am Road Wars 3:45am Road Wars

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:45am Dunston Checks In 7:15am House Arrest 9:05am Wild Hogs 10:50am The Big Year 12:30pm Little Fockers 2:10pm 30 Minutes or Less 3:35pm Love and Other Drugs

Cowboys and Aliens 35mm Special 7:00am The Age of Innocence 9:20am A Little Bit of Heaven 11:10am Anonymous 1:20pm Like Dandelion Dust 3:05pm The Tempest 5:00pm The Terminal 7:10pm A Little Bit of Heaven 9:00pm Anonymous 11:15pm Just Go with it 1:15am Purple Rain 3:15am Boys Don't Cry 5:20am The Tempest

5:30pm Wild Hogs 7:15pm The Big Year 9:00pm Little Fockers 10:45pm 30 Minutes or Less

SKY MOVIES ACTION

12:10am Love and Other Drugs 2:05am White Men Can't Jump 4:00am Cedar Rapids 5:30am Prom

4:20am Ironclad 6:25am Spy Kids 8:00am Sanctum 10:00am Hanna 12:00pm Real Steel 2:10pm Safe House

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 4:30am Casino Jack 6:30am

4:10pm Haywire 5:50pm Twister 7:50pm Real Steel 10:00pm Safe House

12:00am Haywire 1:45am Rambo III 3:35am Money Train 5:35am In the Line of Duty: Smoke Jumpers

TCM 6:00am Twelve O'clock High 8:20am The High Chaparral 9:25am The High Chaparral 10:30am The Magic Sword 12:05pm The Man From Snowy River 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Kings of the Sun 6:05pm The Big Lift 8:25pm Riot in Cell Block 11 10:00pm U.S. Marshals 12:25am A Show of Force 2:15am City Heat 3:50am U.S. Marshals


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5:25am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Wanted Down Under 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Saints and Scroungers 12:45pm Cowboy Trap 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Two Ronnies Sketchbook 3:45pm Escape to the Country

4.00pm - midnight 4:45pm Perfection 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 A Question of Sport 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Room 101 10:00pm EastEnders 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 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 The Graham Norton Show The award-winning host continues his unique chat show.

ITV

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Channel 5

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 The Magic Roundabout 11:15am Coast 11:45am The Great British Bake Off 12:45pm The Great British Bake Off 1:45pm Great British Food Revival 2:15pm The Weakest Link 3:15pm Inside Claridge's

5:10am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Dinner Date Dating show with a twist.

5:55am Deal or No Deal 6:50am Sali Mali 6:55am The Hoobs There's some surprising news from Hubba Hubba. 7:20am The Hoobs Groove wants someone to keep him company while he's out collecting. 7:50am Will and Grace 8:15am According to Jim 8:40am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:40am Frasier 10:15am Frasier 10:45am The Big Bang Theory 11:15am The Big Bang Theory 11:45am The Simpsons 12:15pm The Simpsons 12:45pm Cocoon: The Return 3:00pm Calamity Jane

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 8:55am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:10am Peppa Pig 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Roary the Racing Car 9:40am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Tickety Toc 10:10am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 10:15am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45am Meerkat Manor 11:15am Emergency Bikers 12:20pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm 5 News 2:25pm Tornado Warning

4:15pm Jason and the Argonauts 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 Timewatch 9:50pm The Young Victoria Period drama from Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes. 11:30pm QI Quiz show.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 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 Jai tries covering the truth, but Charity is unconvinced and insists they stay apart. 8:30pm Coronation Street Lewis lays his cards on the table. Will Tommy take the flack for Tyrone's mistake? 9:00pm Wild Britain with Ray Mears Brand new series with Ray Mears as he continues to celebrate Britain's landscape and its wildlife. 9:30pm Coronation Street Will Gail follow her head or her heart? Leanne is determined to win back Nick's affections. 10:00pm Benidorm 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Island Futuristic thriller about a seemingly Utopian containment facility in the mid-21st century.

5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:25pm 4thought.tv 8:30pm The Channel 4 Mash Up The Channel 4 Mash Up returns for a night of show-swapping fun with our favourite Channel 4 stars. 8:35pm The Million Pound Chatty Man Drop 8:55pm Come Dine with Me Comedy Mash Up 9:30pm Made in Chelsea 9:55pm The Million Pound Chatty Man Drop 10:15pm Chatty Man Mash Up 10:35pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Deal or No Deal 11:40pm The Million Pound Chatty Man Drop

4:10pm Frozen Impact Dan Blanchard races against time to retrieve a liver, donated to his son, from a plane crash. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Emergency Bikers Action-packed documentary series following the work of emergency bike crews. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Observational documentary series. 9:00pm Ice Road Truckers 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest events inside the Celebrity Big Brother house. 11:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest goings on inside the house. 11:30pm Celebrity Wedding Planner: Eastenders Special

2:00am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Must Love Dogs Romantic comedy. 5:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:05am Come Dine with Me Comedy Mash Up 12:35am Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2:35am The Fly 4:15am The Silent City 4:25am St. Elsewhere 5:15am Smallville Drama series following the teenage years of the future Superman, Clark Kent.

12:30am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:50am Motorsport Mundial A look at the latest motoring action from around the world. 5:20am Divine Designs Paul Binski presents the series examining Britain's religious art. 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

Charley Boorman. 12:20am I Love You, Man 2:00am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:05am Room on the Broom 2:35am Who Do You Think You Are? 3:35am Great British Food Revival Over recent years, the UK has lost three quarters of its runner bean fields. 4:35am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 8:05pm Room on the Broom 8:30pm Bolt 10:00pm Cuckoo Comedy series in which a daughter returns from her gap year with an American husband in tow. 10:30pm Cuckoo 11:00pm Cuckoo 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am EastEnders 12:30am Family Guy 12:55am Family Guy 1:15am American Dad! 1:40am American Dad! 2:00am Russell Howard's Good News 2:30am Cuckoo 3:00am Cuckoo 3:30am Cuckoo 4:00am Live at the Electric 4:30am Him and Her

BBC2 2:50am - The Emerald Forest 12:00am The Review Show 12:45am Jools Holland: My Life in Music 1:45am Hebburn It is wedding day in Hebburn. 2:15am Twenty Twelve 2:50am The Emerald Forest

BBC4 8:00pm BBC World News The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Robin Gibb's Titanic Requiem 9:45pm Sounds of The Seventies Solos Vintage rock, pop and soul performances from the BBC archives. 9:50pm Sounds of the Seventies Glamour with a seventies subversive quality in this selection from the BBC's back pages. 10:00pm Top of the Pops 10:50pm Top of the Pops 11:50pm Queen Live in Budapest 1:20am Top of the Pops In 1978, Top of the Pops began to turn the credibility corner. 2:10am Top of the Pops 3:10am Robin Gibb's Titanic Requiem 4:25am Robin Gibb: Me and My Songs, a Tribute

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics 6:05am Don't Forget the Lyrics 7:00am A League of Their Own 7:30am A League of Their Own 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am The Middle 9:30am The Middle 10:00am Terra Nova 11:00am Terra Nova 12:00pm Terra Nova 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm A League of Their Own 10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm Stella

12:00am Cop Squad 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Brit Cops - Frontline Crime 2:55am Road Wars 3:45am Road Wars 4:45am Crash Test Dummies

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:30am Prom 7:15am American Pie 8:55am Bad Teacher 10:35am Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 12:15pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 2:15pm American Pie 2 4:00pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 5:40pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 7:20pm Bad Teacher 9:00pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 11:00pm American Pie 12:40am American Pie 2 2:25am 41 Year-Old Virgin Who 3:50am How Do You Know 5:50am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:20am The Tempest 7:15am Cupid, Inc 8:45am Moneyball 11:05am Burlesque 1:10pm I Don't Know How She Does it 2:50pm Rabbit Hole 4:30pm The Stepford Wives 6:10pm The Hobbit 6:40pm Albatross 8:15pm Red Riding Hood 10:00pm I Don't Know How She Does it 11:35pm Moneyball 1:50am Against the Ropes 3:50am Permanent Record 5:30am Cupid, Inc

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:35am In the Line of Duty: Smoke Jumpers 7:20am The Warrior's Way 9:05am Flight of the Phoenix

11:00am Super 8 12:55pm Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 3:10pm Colombiana 5:00pm Collateral Damage 7:00pm Super 8 9:00pm Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 11:15pm Collateral Damage 1:10am Colombiana 3:00am Kiss of the Dragon

TCM 10:20am Kings of the Sun 12:20pm Rider on a Dead Horse 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Sinbad of the Seven Seas 5:50pm Ben-Hur 10:00pm Band of Brothersmore) 11:25pm Band of Brothers 12:35am We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company


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Airport helper far from being a lady MY wife and I recently had to meet elderly neighbours returning to Spain from the UK. Due to the husband’s difficulty in walking distances, he requested airport wheelchair assistance when booking his flight. The couple were last off the plane, by which time an airport employee was waiting impatiently with a wheelchair. Once the man sat in the wheelchair he was quickly whisked away, with his wife, also in her 70s, left with both her husband’s and her own hand luggage to manage. She soon lost sight of them and was left to guess where they had gone. By the time she caught up, the wheelchair helper was hassling my wife and I to find out where we were parked, saying: “My shift finished three minutes ago. I want to get home.” She seemed determined to make us feel guilty, and while en route to our vehicle continued to make rude and snide comments. N J, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Ungodly change! EACH year I make an effort to go to church with my wife at Easter and Christmas. After checking on the Christmas Day service at La Cala Church and noting in advance outside on a board on December 22nd that the service was scheduled for 1pm, we arrived at around 12.45pm for the service, but discovered the church was locked. On re-checking the notice board, it was evident the original timing of 1pm had been crossed out and changed to noon. Instead, the 1pm service was indicated as being at Calahonda, and while we had a car and managed to re-route, not all churchgoers would have been in the same position. Also, from the number of people arriving at the Calahonda service midway through, I suspect many others found themselves scrabbling around. Xmas Worshipper, El Faro (Malaga)

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Costa de Almería I was operated on at the Hospital Costa del Sol (Marbella) where I was the recipient of a new knee. I can only say the treatment I received and am still receiving by way of follow-up has been fantastic. Maybe it is a language problem as a large number of English people have no Spanish. I am by no means fluent but every single person I have seen has been helpful and efficient. Elizabeth Church, Estepona (Malaga)

Pension right

“Christmas morning I went for a walk at the Refugio de Juanar above Marbella. I took this snap. Shame I didn’t wait longer as the sun came out just as I got back home!”

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Religious woe I MAKE a point of lighting a candle in church over Christmas. Imagine my disappointment when, on a visit to Malaga two days beforehand, I was barred from entering the cathedral unless I paid the full tour entrance fee. Having toured the cathedral in the summer - a very impressive building - I had only a desire to enter, light a candle, and briefly pray, but an official said this was not possible. Entrance was only for visitors who paid the full price of a ticket. M Haddon,Torremolinos (Malaga)

Help yourself WE all have a duty to look after ourselves and it is naive to put blame on the medical profession when things go wrong, (Letters Issue 1433). If a person spends years over-

indulging with the wrong food and drink, and sits for hours every day, the body is bound to start breaking down somewhere. Knee joints, vertebrae, shoulders, they all need to be kept moving and, apart from housework, walking is one of the best exercises a person can do. S P Kelly, Los Gallardos (Almeria)

Rubbish issue I FEEL that as a boat owner I must comment on your article (Rubbish washed up at Javea, Issue 1433 EWN Costa Blanca North). I have always found that boaters are amongst the most environmentally-conscious people as we get troubled enough by fouled propellers and blocked water intakes without adding to the problem. Tidal streams and winds bring ashore rubbish that is discarded worldwide by the general public. Plastic is the world’s biggest offender; an island of rubbish known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ more than three miles deep and six times the size of England is already established in the Pacific Ocean. Ted Milsom (by email)

Hospital thanks IN reply to the letter (Issue 1433) about healthcare problems. In June

RE UK winter fuel payments (Issue 1432), not every pensioner lives in Malaga. I personally have lived several places in Spain and love it all, but believe me it is very, very cold in winter North of Granada. I worked from the age of 14 to 62 and paid for my pension, such as it is. If the powers-that-be paid a decent pension then they wouldn’t have to give a winter allowance. No matter where I choose to live, I am entitled to the pension I paid for. Jean Ray, Turre (Almeria)

Cash raised AS we start a new year I would like to update readers as to what ‘HELP’ achieved in 2012. We have bought 1,800 litres of milk which is being distributed to 60 needy families in Almoradi (Vega Baja, Alicante). And 35 San Miguel families are being given a box of fruit and vegetables, a box of toiletries and washing products, a box of dry goods and meat or fish vouchers. We have also contributed half the cost of school books to Almoradi and San Miguel underprivileged children and made a donation of equipment to ‘Reach Out’ charity in Torrevieja. On top of that more than €500 was raised from a raffle and donations at a recent event at Portico Mar with thanks to many for their donations to the raffle and all the participants and volunteers. Ron (President) HELP Vega Baja (Alicante)

Editor’s note: HELP is a charity that gives assistance on a wide range of subjects from paperwork to hospital visits in the Costa Blanca area around Torrevieja.

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4:35am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm Baking Made Easy 1:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 1:10pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 1:15pm Football Focus 2:00pm Athletics 3:30pm Darts

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5:30pm Final Score 6:10pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 6:20pm BBC London News 6:30pm Celebrity Mastermind 7:00pm Animal Antics From criminal cats to piano-playing pugs, this is the news as it has never been seen before. 7:30pm Richard Hammond's Secret Service 8:10pm Britain's Brightest 9:25pm The National Lottery: In It to Win It 10:15pm Casualty 11:05pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:35pm BBC News 11:55pm Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

ITV 5:40am ITV Nightscreen 7:00am Handy Manny 7:25am The Hive 7:35am The Hive 7:40am Dino Dan 7:55am Dino Dan 8:05am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:15am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:30am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:40am Matt Hatter Chronicles 9:05am Ultimate Spider-Man 9:30am Victorious 10:00am Jessie 10:25am ITV News 10:30am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 11:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 12:20pm River Monsters 12:50pm ITV News and Weather 1:00pm Fa Cup 3rd round

6:00am Deal or No Deal 6:55am Sali Mali 7:00am The Treacle People The sticky heroes get stuck into some redecorating at The Bubble and Boggart. 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am International Volleyball 9:00am The Morning Line 10:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00am Frasier 11:30am Frasier 12:00pm Undercover Boss USA 1:00pm The Big Bang Theory 1:30pm The Big Bang Theory 1:55pm The Simpsons 2:30pm Channel 4 Racing

8:45am City of Friends 8:55am Little Princess 9:10am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:45am Rupert Bear 10:00am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:25am Roary the Racing Car 10:40am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10pm Inside Hollywood 12:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 1:15pm The All New Gadget Show 2:15pm Shattered Silence

5:00pm Great British Food Revival Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. 5:30pm Darts Colin Murray is joined by Bobby George for continued coverage from Lakeside. 6:30pm The Choir: A Year with the Military Wives 7:30pm Flog It! 8:30pm Dad's Army Classic wartime sitcom. 9:00pm Stanley Baxter: The Many Faces of 10:00pm QI XL Stephen Fry comes over all indecisive. 10:45pm Cemetery Junction Comedy drama set in 1970s Reading.

4:00pm Dancing on Ice Live Tour 2012 Highlights of the nationwide Dancing On Ice Live Tour 2012. 5:00pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 5:15pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 5:30pm Fa Cup 3rd round 8:15pm Splash! 9:45pm Take Me Out Paddy McGuinness returns for a fifth series of the hilarious dating show, introducing a brand new batch of single girls to a succession of single guys. Who will make it to the Isle of Fernandos? 10:45pm The Jonathan Ross Show Jonathan Ross returns with a new series and welcomes Hollywood star Jeremy Piven, top comedian Sarah Millican, and ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant. 11:45pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by national and local weather forecasts.

5:00pm Come Dine with Me In the historic mill town of Blackburn, first to host is super-competitive Kelly Barlow. 5:35pm Come Dine with Me 6:05pm Come Dine with Me In Blackburn, self-confessed 'Stepford Wife' Michelle Brandon is hosting the third party. 6:40pm Come Dine with Me It's the last day in Blackburn and Steven's turn in the kitchen. 7:10pm Channel 4 News 7:40pm 4thought.tv 7:45pm Is Our Weather Getting Worse? 8:40pm The Day After Tomorrow 11:00pm Inglourious Basterds

4:00pm The Dam Busters Classic war film with one of the best-known theme tunes of all time. 6:30pm Random Hearts 8:50pm 5 News National and international news. 8:55pm NCIS New series of the drama following the US Navy's dedicated federal agency. 9:50pm NCIS US drama series following the navy's dedicated federal agency. 10:45pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest goings on inside the house. 11:45pm 50 Shocking Facts About Diet and Exercise

12:00am FA Cup Highlights 1:30am The Store 3:30am Pushing Daisies Quirky US drama series about a man who can bring the dead back to life. 4:15am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

2:00am Hard Eight 3:40am Hollyoaks Omnibus Sienna concocts a plan to help the Osbornes. 5:45am Smallville

Johnny Depp.

BBC3 8:00pm Merlin 8:45pm Doctor Who Science fiction drama. Mankind and the Silurians teeter on the brink of all-out war. 9:35pm Top Gear 10:30pm Russell Howard's Good News 11:05pm The Prestige 1:10am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. 1:30am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. 1:50am American Dad! 2:15am American Dad! 2:35am Russell Howard's Good News 3:05am Impractical Jokers 3:35am Impractical Jokers 4:05am Impractical Jokers 4:35am Live at the Electric

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7:50am Sylvia Scarlett 9:15am The Little Minister 11:00am A History of Britain by Simon Schama 12:00pm Meet The Ancestors Archaelogical programme unearthing past secrets. 12:30pm Map Man 1:00pm Indian Food Made Easy 1:30pm Talking Pictures 2:15pm Of Human Bondage Drama based on a novel by Somerset Maugham. 3:35pm EastEnders Omnibus

11:55pm - Pirates of the Caribbean.

2:30am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:35am BBC News

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6:30pm Random Hearts Harrison Ford.

12:15am Darts 1:05am Darts

BBC4 8:00pm Lost Land of the Tiger Alan Rabinowitz. Three-part series which follows a dramatic expedition searching for tigers hidden in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. With tigers heading for extinction, an international team of big-cat experts and wildlife film-makers is given unique access to the jungles and mountains of Bhutan for what could be the last chance to save this magnificent animal. 9:00pm A History of Art in Three Colours 10:00pm Borgen 11:00pm Borgen 12:00am The Richest Songs in the World 1:30am The Joy of Disco Documentary about how a muchderided music actually changed the world. 2:30am Sounds of the 70s 2: Arthouse Glam - Get in the Swing 3:00am Days of Glory 4:00am A History of Art in Three Colours

12:45am Forensic Files Documentary series examining the application of modern technological advances in police work. 1:15am Super Casino 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 Activity Holidays

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics 6:05am Don't Forget the Lyrics 7:00am Terra Nova 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am The Middle 9:30am The Middle 10:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 11:00am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Diversity in Dublin 5:00pm The Middle 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm The Middle 6:30pm The Middle 7:00pm Hawaii Five-0 8:00pm Hawaii Five-0 9:00pm Galapagos with David Attenborough 10:00pm Making Attenborough's Galapagos 11:00pm Species 1:10am Cop Squad 2:10am Cop Squad 3:05am Brit Cops - Frontline

Crime 4:00am Big Trouble in Thailand

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:50am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 7:30am The Brady Bunch Movie 9:05am The Cat in the Hat 10:30am The Change-Up 12:25pm The Top Ten Show 2012 12:40pm The Sitter 2:05pm Horrible Bosses 3:45pm The Cat in the Hat 5:10pm Analyze This 7:00pm The Change-Up 9:00pm The Sitter 10:30pm Horrible Bosses 12:10am Eurotrip 1:45am The Pool Boys 3:15am Stan Helsing

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Postcards 8:45am War Horse 11:15am Shakespeare in Love 1:25pm My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3:10pm Conviction

4:45pm Spider-Man 6:50pm Spider-Man 2 9:00pm Fantastic Four 11:00pm Immortals

5:05pm Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 7:00pm My Big Fat Greek Wedding 8:40pm War Horse Sky Movies Special 9:00pm War Horse 11:30pm Shakespeare in Love

12:55am First Blood 2:35am Rambo: First Blood Part II 4:15am Daylight

1:40am Just Married 3:20am Stay Cool 5:00am Les Miserables Special 5:30am A Valentine's Date

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:45am Braddock: Missing in Action 3 6:30am Transformers: Dark of the Moon Special 7:00am Spy Kids 8:40am Spider-Man 10:45am SpiderMan 2 12:55pm Fantastic Four 2:45pm Immortals

TCM 6:00am Twilight in The Sierras 7:10am The High Chaparral 8:15am The High Chaparral 9:20am Ben-Hur 1:30pm Marjorie Morningstar 4:00pm Many Rivers to Cross 5:50pm The Story of Will Rogers 7:50pm The West Point Story 10:00pm Phone Booth 11:35pm Stir of Echoes 1:30am Taps 3:35am The Specialist 5:30am The Making of Band of Brothers


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2:35am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am The Big Questions Nicky Campbell presents The Big Questions from the Harris Academy in Peckham, south London. 12:00pm Helicopter Heroes Rav Wilding presents the series following the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 12:30pm Bargain Hunt 1:30pm BBC News 1:40pm Countryfile 2:35pm Escape to the Country 3:35pm Old Dogs

4.00pm - midnight 5:00pm Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods 6:00pm Songs of Praise 6:35pm Africa 7:35pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team. 7:50pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 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 Bruce Almighty

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7:00am They Flew Alone Biopic. Amy Johnson achieved world-wide fame as one of Britain's best-loved pilots. 8:40am The Yellow Canary 10:15am A to Z of TV Gardening 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm EastEnders Omnibus Joey returns to Albert Square to support Alice after the death of their father. 1:55pm Darts Colin Murray and Bobby George introduce live coverage from the opening round at Lakeside.

4:15am ITV Nightscreen 7:00am Handy Manny 7:25am The Hive 7:40am Dino Dan 8:05am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:40am Matt Hatter Chronicles 9:05am Rated 'A' for Awesome 9:15am Rated 'A' for Awesome 9:30am Big Time Rush 10:00am The Aquabats! Super Show! Manant! 10:25am FA Cup Highlights 11:40am Dinner Date 12:45pm May the Best House Win 1:45pm Rosemary and Thyme Light-hearted drama series about a pair of sleuthing gardeners. 2:45pm ITV News and Weather 2:55pm Columbo.

5:45am Smallville 6:25am Deal or No Deal 7:20am The Treacle People 7:30am Arctic Tale 8:55am Will and Grace 9:25am Frasier 9:55am Frasier Niles fights to resist temptation when he is trapped in his home with Daphne during a violent storm. 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:00pm The Big Bang Theory Leonard and Penny try to hang out alone as friends for the first time since they broke up. 1:30pm The Big Bang Theory 2:00pm The Big Bang Theory 2:30pm The Simpsons 3:00pm The Simpsons 3:30pm Clueless

8:55am Little Princess 9:05am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:20am Mio Mao 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:45am Rupert Bear 10:00am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:30am Roary the Racing Car 10:45am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:00pm Inside Hollywood 12:05pm Celebrity Big Brother 1:05pm Once Upon a Time 2:00pm Are We There Yet? 3:50pm White Fang

5:45pm Coast The Coast team journey around the shoreline of East Anglia. Nicholas Crane discovers how a potentially lethal combination of tides and weather can cause catastrophic floods. 6:30pm Flog It! Paul Martin and experts Adam Partridge and Will Axon are in Darlington. 7:30pm Blackpool: Big Night Out Exploring Blackpool's history as the beating heart of British entertainment. 8:30pm Fawlty Towers 9:00pm Neil Armstrong - First Man on the Moon Biopic of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. 10:00pm Tankies: Tank Heroes of World War II In the first of this two part special, historian and former tank commander Mark Urban tells the story of six remarkable men from the Fifth Royal Tank Regiment across World War II. 11:00pm Speed Dreams: The Fastest Place on Earth

4:30pm FA Cup 4th Round Draw Live Mark Pougatch introduces live coverage of the draw for the FA Cup fourth round from Wembley. 4:45pm Midsomer Murders 6:45pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 7:00pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 7:15pm Dancing on Ice 8:45pm All Star Family Fortunes Vernon Kay presents the first episode of a brand new series. 9:30pm Dancing on Ice 10:00pm Mr Selfridge 11:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by national and local weather forecasts. 11:45pm FA Cup Highlights

5:25pm Deal or No Deal 6:25pm Time Team 7:25pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm Come Dine with Me This brand new culinary competition comes from Wrexham. 9:00pm The Hotel 10:00pm The Iron Lady

5:50pm Stand by Me 7:20pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 7:25pm X2 Marvel Comics superhero sequel. 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest goings on inside the Big Brother house. 11:00pm Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2012

CH4 10:00pm The Iron Lady Director Phyllida Lloyd's biopic recounting the life, rise and fall of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Writer Abi Morgan's script follows Thatcher's rise from modest beginnings to her role as Prime Minister, framed by a contemporary imagining of her later years, largely spent outside public scrutiny.

Meryl Streep 1:00am The Sky at Night 1:20am The Celebrity Apprentice USA 2:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:45am Miniature Britain 3:45am Holby City 4:45am MasterChef: The Professionals 5:15am You've Been Scammed 5:45am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 2012 10:00pm Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton fantasy featuring Lewis Carroll's creations. 11:40pm Family Guy Animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:05am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. 12:45am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. Stewie finds out that his life in the future is miserable. 1:05am Russell Howard's Good News 1:35am Olympics 2012 2:35am Live at the Electric 3:05am Live at the Electric 3:35am Russell Howard's Good News 4:00am Being Human

12:00am Darts 12:50am Darts Rob Walker introduces highlights from the first round at the Lakeside Country Club. 2:50am BBC News

BBC4 8:00pm Britain on Film 8:30pm Britain on Film 9:00pm Time Shift 10:00pm Doris Day: Virgin Territory Michael Brandon narrates a profile of one of the big screen's more enduring legends. 11:00pm I Am Love Thoughtful Italian drama about an haute bourgeoisie family in Milan. 12:55am Top of the Pops In 1978, Top of the Pops began to turn the credibility corner. 1:45am Top of the Pops 2:45am Doris Day: Virgin Territory Michael Brandon narrates a profile of one of the big screen's more enduring legends. 3:45am Britain on Film 4:15am Britain on Film

12:45am Royal Babies 1:40am Rugby Highlights 2:35am The Store 3:55am Pushing Daisies Quirky US drama series about a man who can bring the dead back to life. 4:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:05am The Wedding Date 1:40am Venus 3:15am Jennifer Saunders: Laughing at the 90s A two-hour romp through the story of ten years that saw comedy finally arrive centre stage. 5:05am Smallville Drama series following the teenage years of the future Superman, Clark Kent. 5:45am Deal or No Deal

1:50am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor Highlights from the home improvement series presented by Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:20am House Doctor 5:45am Rough Guide to Short Breaks Highlights of the travel series presented by Julia Bradbury and Toby Amies.

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 7:00am The Hour of Power 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am The Middle 9:30am The Middle 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 A League of Their Own 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm The Simpsons 7:00pm Got to Dance 9:00pm Glee 10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am Cop Squad 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Brit Cops - Frontline Crime 4:00am Big Trouble in

Thailand 5:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 4:50am The Fighting Temptations 7:00am Friends with Benefits 8:50am Cowboys and Aliens 35mm Special 9:20am Dunston Checks In 10:55am The Hangover Part II 12:40pm Bridesmaids 2:55pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon Special 3:25pm Team America: World Police 5:10pm Analyze That 7:00pm Friends with Benefits 9:00pm The Hangover Part II 10:45pm Bridesmaids 12:50am Team America: World Police 2:30am Swinging with the Finkels 4:00am No Strings Attached 5:50am Dunston Checks In

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:30am A Valentine's Date 7:00am The Butcher's Wife 8:50am Just Go with it 10:50am The Help 1:20pm The Hours 3:20pm The Conspirator 5:30pm The Art of Getting by 7:00pm Just Go with it 9:00pm The Hours 11:00pm The Help 1:30am Mother and Child 3:40am Take Me Home 5:20am That Thing You Do!

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:15am Daylight 6:15am Cowboys and Aliens 35mm Special 6:45am Spy Kids 8:20am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 10:05am Movie Special 10:25am The Tourist 12:10pm Transformers: Dark of the

Moon 2:45pm X-Men: First Class 5:00pm Batman Begins 7:25pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon 10:00pm X-Men: First Class 12:15am Batman Begins 2:45am Rambo III 4:35am Your Highness

TCM 6:00am Target Zero 7:40am Marjorie Morningstar 10:10am The West Point Story 12:15pm Many Rivers to Cross 1:55pm The Story of Will Rogers 4:00pm Return of the Seven 5:55pm The Horse Soldiers 8:10pm Crossfire Trail 10:00pm Hell on Wheels 11:00pm Hell on Wheels 12:00am Deadwood 1:05am Absolute Power 3:10am The Rose 5:15am Off Set


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Sad cults get it wrong again and again demise of the planet (and I’ve bought a ticket for El Gordo. There’s optimism for you!). Hundreds of thousands across the world will have woken up in the morning, firmly convinced it would be their last day on earth. Is that depressing or what? Actually I don’t find it all that funny. These cults often have truly disastrous ends. Among others, Wacko, Hale Bopp and the Jones cults resulted in mass murder and suicides. How do vast numbers of the human race allow themselves to become brainwashed by these people, who seem to pluck

Resolutions go digital

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT some strange idea out of thin air and turn it into a belief that makes people often hand over all their worldly possessions and blindly follow them, often literally to the death? I wish I knew. I’d love to be able to spin a story that made people delighted to give me all their readies. Don’t worry, I’m working on it. I’ve actually had some strange premonitions about

LOONY: Doomsday merchants.

the next leap year. Who better to save you all from disaster than yours truly in my namesake year? All donations and worldly goods gratefully received. Get ready for the deluge, chaps! Dream on, Leapy. Hopefully, you’re all perusing this in the relative safety of a planet still in one piece. Let’s hope this year is a better one for all. Somehow I’m afraid I doubt it. Never mind.

Positive thinking is what we need. Feel secure in the knowledge that a whole new bunch of X Factor contestants are out there just waiting to entertain you. Makes it all seem worthwhile. Amazin’, ennit?

Happy New Year to all Keep the Faith Love Leapy Leapylee2002@gmail.com

NEARLY half of New Year’s resolutions are about setting healthrelated goals, and there are plenty of apps to help people achieve them. iPhone applications ‘5K Runner’ helps people to run five kilometres comfortably in eight weeks, and ‘Fooducate’ helps shoppers make healthier purchases by scanning barcodes and getting an insight into how healthy the product is.

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T the time of writing, thousands of people will be wondering why I’m even bothering! I know, I know, so what’s new about that? Cheeky! I’m actually talking about the people who believe the world will come to an end tomorrow. Due to the yuletide holidays all column scribblers need to present their copy at an earlier date. This means tomorrow will be December 21, the day literally hundreds of thousands of supposedly sane human beings will tuck their heads between their legs and kiss the world goodbye. If you’re reading this, of course, then yet another loony load of sad idiots will all be wondering what actually didn’t hit them? (If you’re not…!) Seriously, what is wrong with these people? This latest bunch are the believers of the Mayan calendar, which has been in existence for thousands of years and goes out of print permanently tomorrow, presumably along with the

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Dating flop A MASS dating event South Korea’s ‘Battle of the Singles’ - organised on Facebook fizzled out with thousands of lovelorn men turning up, but very few women. More than 36,000 people signed up.


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5:45am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Wanted Down Under 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Rip Off Britain 12:45pm Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt Oswestry Showground plays host to musical bargain hunters. 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Privates

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Perfection Nick Knowles hosts the general knowledge quiz show. 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show If it's got Britain talking then it will get talked about on The One Show. 8:30pm Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Rip Off Britain 10:00pm Miranda 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Have I Got Old News for You

12:05am Room 101 Extended edition of Room 101. 12:45am The Graham Norton Show 1:35am The Celebrity Apprentice USA American version of the business-based competition. 3:00am Weatherview 3:05am Barenboim on Beethoven 4:35am MasterChef: The Professionals 5:35am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes IV 8:30pm Bolt Animated adventure. 10:00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates 11:00pm World's Craziest Fools 11:30pm EastEnders The fallout continues in Albert Square. 12:00am Family Guy Animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am World's Craziest Fools 2:00am Stacey Dooley Investigates 3:00am Olympics 2012 3:55am Being Human

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7:35am Homes Under the Hammer 8:35am Saints and Scroungers 9:20am Cowboy Trap 9:50am Swing Time 11:30am The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle 1:00pm The Daily Politics Jo Coburn with the latest political news, interviews and debate.

4:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning A vibrant mix of showbiz news, fashion, cookery, gardening, travel, advice and DIY. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning A vibrant mix of showbiz news, fashion, cookery, gardening, travel, advice and DIY. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:45am Deal or No Deal 6:40am Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 7:05am Sali Mali 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Will and Grace 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Australia 12:00pm A Place in the Sun 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 1:35pm Tobruk 3:40pm Countdown

8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:30am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:50am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff Matthew Wright hosts the topical debate show. 12:10pm Trisha 1:00pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:05pm The Looney Tunes Show 1:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Reza, Spice Prince of India 3:15pm CSI: Miami

2:00pm Darts 5:15pm Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Heir Hunters 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm The Battle for Malta 10:30pm The Polar Bear Family and Me 11:30pm Newsnight

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 9:30pm Coronation Street

4:30pm Face the Clock 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me This brand new competition from Portsmouth begins with Allison Hampshire first to host. 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Dispatches Dispatches reveals the secrets of car insurance that all drivers should know. 9:30pm The Horse Hoarder Pensioner Clwyd Davies harbours a compulsion to hoard horses. Squatting in a derelict farmhouse without heating, electricity or warm water, he dedicates his every waking moment to caring for the 52 untamed horses he has collected, and in some cases bred. 10:00pm Embarrassing Fat Bodies 11:00pm What Happens in Kavos...

4:10pm The Perfect Teacher Drama. When teenage girl Devon falls in love with her attractive new maths teacher Jim, she will stop at nothing, including murder, to make sure they end up together. Ingratiating herself with his daughter and making sure his current girlfriend is out of the way, Devon's obsession takes a deadly toll on Jim's life. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Andy Bates' Street Feasts UK chef Andy Bates travels the country to explore the stories behind traditional British street cuisine like Scotch eggs, pies and tarts. 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm World's Craziest Police Pursuits 9:00pm The All New Gadget Show Entertainment show. 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother 11:00pm Shane Lynch: Dyslexia (My Secret Past)

12:05am One Born Every Minute 1:10am Random Acts 1:15am Secrets of a Good Marriage with Sharon Horgan 2:10am How to be a Good Mother with Sharon Horgan Being a mother nowadays is tough. 3:05am The Promise Four-part drama from acclaimed writer/director Peter Kosminsky. 4:30am Supersize v Superskinny 5:25am Supernanny US

12:00am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Celebrity Wedding Planner: Eastenders Special 2:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

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10:00pm Lewis 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The World in Action Years

Musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. When Vernon Castle, a vaudeville clown, meets Irene Foote, a dancing legend is born - but tragedy is waiting in the wings.

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

12:20am Darts Colin Murray introduces highlights from the night's matches in Frimley Green. 1:10am American Football Matt Roberts introduces highlights from the NFL wild card play-offs. 2:10am Darts 4:10am BBC News 5:00am The Science of Space Dive 5:30am The Code

BBC4 8:00pm BBC World News The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm Art Deco Icons 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic 11:00pm Rosslyn Chapel: A Treasure in Stone 12:00am The Viking Sagas 1:00am When God Spoke English: The Making of the King James Bible 2:00am Only Connect 2:30am Art Deco Icons 3:00am Rosslyn Chapel: A Treasure in Stone 4:00am Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic

1:05am Monk Crime drama series about a private police consultant with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. 2:00am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am River Monsters 4:50am The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:45am ITV Nightscreen

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Brainiac: Science Abuse 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 11:00am Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 12:00pm Futurama 12:10pm Stargate Continuum 2:00pm The Middle 2:30pm The Middle 3:00pm The Middle 3:30pm The Middle 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Got to Dance 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Bond's Greatest Moments 10:30pm Road Wars 11:00pm Spartacus: Vengeance 12:15am Cop Squad 1:15am Brit

Cops - Frontline Crime 2:15am Road Wars 2:45am Road Wars 3:45am Road Wars 4:35am Crash Test Dummies 5:00am Stargate SG-1

The Lake Effect 9:00am The Tempest 11:00am One Day 12:50pm The Descendants Special 1:10pm Romeo and Juliet 3:15pm I.Q.

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5:00pm The Magic of Belle Isle 7:00pm Morning Glory 9:00pm Romeo and Juliet 11:00pm One Day

5:50am Dunston Checks In 7:20am Love and Other Drugs 9:15am School of Rock 11:05am The Muppets Sky Movies Special 11:35am A Thousand Words 1:10pm The Dilemma 3:10pm Wild Hogs 5:00pm Shanghai Noon 7:00pm School of Rock 9:00pm A Thousand Words 10:45pm Little Nicky 12:25am The Dilemma 2:20am How Do You Know 4:35am Snow Dogs

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:20am That Thing You Do! 7:20am

1:00am Morning Glory 2:50am Losing Control 4:30am Les Miserables Special 5:00am I.Q.

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:35am Your Highness 6:30am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special 7:00am Cowboys and Aliens 35mm Special 7:30am The Recruit 9:30am Sahara 11:40am Twister 1:40pm Safe House 3:40pm Killer Elite 5:40pm Batman and Robin 7:50pm Sahara

10:00pm Safe House 12:00am Killer Elite 2:00am Rush Hour 3:45am Battle: Los Angeles 5:45am Angel Flight Down

TCM 6:00am My Cousin Rachel 7:45am Crossfire Trail 9:35am The Horse Soldiers 11:55am Return of the Seven 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Kings Go Forth 6:05pm Gun Glory 7:50pm Rio Conchos 10:00pm The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 11:55pm Dark City 1:50am The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 3:55am The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 5:35am Michael Caine Off Set


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Expat associations share their padron experience THE EURO WEEKLY NEWS has contacted some of the many expatriates’ associations in Spain, in order to know first-hand their opinions and experiences about the municipal register (padron). Since most of those who replied are established residents in Spain, we expect their thoughts will be of great help for newcomers. 1) What is your personal experience with the padron? It is very easy to register with the padron in Coin. There was some confusion as to whether you had to re-register every now and then. We have since found out that it is done every two years; or if you move or if you need to make some major purchase such as a house or car. It is a matter of taking your passport, house deeds if you have them and residence certificate and all is completed in the town hall’s front office, generally in a matter of minutes.

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- Jo Taylor, Chairman, The Royal British Legion, Coin (Malaga). 2) Why did you register? A weekly focus aimed We had made every effort to at keeping expatriate readers become as ‘legal’ as possible once informed on various aspects of we had decided to live here in Life in Spain Spain. Registration was a simple process. By Raul Candela - Michael Rushbrook, The Royal British Legion, El Campello (Alicante). Civic duty. It enables the town hall to qualify for more money for local services. - Richard Rogers, Public Relations Officer, The Royal British Legion, Marbella (Malaga).

Last minute presents? JUST because Santa has been it doesn’t mean there are no toys left to buy. The Spanish traditionally give gifts on Three Kings Day (Epiphany), so most Spanish families will be gathering together on Sunday. Although the first rule for any good present-buyer is to sort it out in advance, some of us still have a nephew or a cousin for whom we still have to buy a last minute present. So, what to buy? In Alicante, there is the Toy Technological Institute (AIJU), a non-governmental foundation that has given expert guidance on toys since 1985. It runs tests on toys before they are marketed by their manufacturers to make sure they meet all safety measures required by EU laws. AIJU’s staff includes experts on child education and psychology.

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A rough guide for toy buyers:

PLAYTIME: Enjoy the look on his face. During the year more than 15,000 children visit its headquarters to have a day-long play. Also, more than 7,000 volunteer families co-operate with the institute. The AIJU publishes a free annual guide reporting on a wide selection of toys, 140 this year. All of them have passed their quality and safety tests, many manufactured by Spanish companies.

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QUESTION: MY wife and I obtained a padron certificate each for residence purposes in November 2010. We had registered with the padron when we purchased our property in October 2005 using our NIE. Do we require to

THE following 10 tips are based on suggestions by the Spanish toy store chain Imaginarium. 1. Buy the toy as soon as possible. Otherwise, the toy you thought of may be sold out. 2. Make a list. It helps with planning expenses and making sure everyone is remembered. 3. Buy quality and safety. Look for quality seals and recommended ages on the box. 4. Go with the child, if possible. It is the best way to get what they want. 5. Look for Special Discount days. Ask the store staff if any sales are coming up. 6. Tell the rest of the family which toy you bought. It avoids repetition. 7. Buy online. It can save a lot of time. But check delivery is not too slow. 8. Buy educational toys. 9. Keep the receipt and check the store is able to replace the toy or refund the money. 10. Ask for advice. Staff at the toy stores can help you decide.

The AIJU also carries out extensive market research to find out the main trends. Children like toys they can play with anywhere; they also like unexpected features to surprise them. Toys based on technology gadgets are popular. Handicrafts and toys like doctor kits, sewing, cooking, and DIY are also in fashion.

Read AIJU 2013 guide at: www.guiadeljuguete.com.

re-register and if so at what period of time? Answer: You may indeed need to confirm your registration. Our advice is that you get in touch with your town hall’s padron office or foreign residents department to confirm that. As for the period of time, confirmation is

GOOD ADVICE: The Royal British Legion is one of the expat associations encouraging foreigners to sign on the padron. 3) How has it helped you being in the ‘padron’? By being able to vote. - Frederick Wallis, Vice president of the International Theatre Studio, San Pedro de Alcantara (Malaga). Provides eligibility for: healthcare, car purchase, transfer of English to Spanish driving licences, establishing ‘domestic’ and ‘fiscal’ residency, registering for town hall Spanish language lessons, membership of our association, Imserso (Spanish Government subsidised holidays). - Michael and Penelope Elliott, Pensioners Association, Los Montesinos (Alicante). I can cast my vote at certain elections, I have access to a doctor when I need to and if we have wildfires, there are firemen to help us. I am also ensuring my future – as should my health deteriorate and I need help – being on the padron ensures that I can at least apply. - Margery Taylor, Chairman, The Royal British Legion, Mijas (Malaga). 4) Where did you get the information about the ‘padron’ from? The original information came from the town hall but we are glad to see that the Euro Weekly is promoting the padron. - Mary Le Corney, District Secretary The Royal British Legion, Torremolinos (Malaga). Our information comes in the main from the media, such as the Euro Weekly. - Ken Davis, Chairman, The Royal British Legion, Zurgena (Almeria). 5) Does your association co-operate in any way to promote the ‘padron’ among foreign residents? How? We give frequent reminders to our members to ensure they and their neighbours are registered on the padron, as this enables the local council to obtain maximum benefits from central and regional government as well as to make purchases or register for a SIP card. - Helen Tudor, Secretary Neighbourhood Watch, Vecinos Cooperando, Rojales (Alicante). We at the RBL strongly recommend that all should register themselves on their local padron and have given the reasons why. I would like to say there are still many expats who have been here for many years and still not registered. - Bill Raford, The Royal British Legion, Algarrobo Costa (Malaga). done every five years if you are EU residents and registered with your Certificate of Residence. But if you are non-EU residents, then it is every two years. For EU non-residents who used their passport, it is also two years.

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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 9:20am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:30am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:50am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Trisha 1:00pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:05pm The Looney Tunes Show 1:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Reza, Spice Prince of India 3:15pm NCIS

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4:30pm Face the Clock Rory Bremner challenges six contestants to answer questions against The Clock. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me It's the turn of sociology lecturer Will Dixon to host in this brand new episode from Portsmouth. 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks Brendan shows little remorse as he gets even with Joel. 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Supersize v Superskinny 10:00pm The Undateables Looking for love can be tricky, but some find it harder than others. 11:00pm Don't Blame Facebook

4:15pm Ice Twisters Disaster movie. An experiment using liquid nitrogen to induce rain in the drought-ravaged Pacific Northwest goes horribly wrong and creates tornadoes that shoot deadly shards of ice. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Andy Bates' Street Feasts 7:00pm Home and Away John and Marilyn feel awkward around each other and it is clear that John misses Gina. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Great Northern Cookbook 9:00pm Benidorm ER 10:00pm Body of Proof US mystery series. When a generous lottery winner is murdered, Megan's team can find no one with a bad word to say against him. 11:00pm Celebrity Big Brother

ITV 11:35pm Mickey Blue Eyes Comedy. English auctioneer Michael Felgate is living in New York when he meets beautiful Gina Vitale. Their relationship goes swimmingly until he proposes, and she reluctantly reveals that her family are mobsters. She agrees to get married only if Michael does not get involved in the family business.

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12:05am Random Acts Channel 4's nightly shortform arts strand. George the Poet reveals that nothing is impossible. 12:10am What Happens in Kavos... 1:15am Pokerstars.co.uk and MonteCarlo Casino EPT Grand Final 2:15am KOTV Boxing Weekly KOTV Boxing Weekly takes a look back at the last 12 months in the boxing world. 2:40am International Volleyball 3:35am Offside 5:10am Smallville 5:50am Deal or No Deal

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SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:40am Cupid, Inc 7:10am Take Me Home 8:50am My Week with Marilyn

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Mystery of soulless hotels that leaves me feeling cold IT always mystifies me how I can pay a small fortune for a minuscule room in a trendy hotel in London and feel less at home than in my own home! I dislike the faux environmental concern of: ‘Washing towels wastes water and is bad for the environment.’ It also costs hotels megabucks which I’m sure is their main concern. Just come out and be straight with us about it! Also hotels which are wholly inflexible regarding check-in, check-out times. Surely in this computer age they could manage/match the short stayer with the longer stayer? How about paying by the hour? And no, not what you’re thinking! But most basic of all, please, a comfortable bed! Who wants to end up ram-rod stiff after a

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

couple of nights? And if there is a pillow menu, a pillow from it shouldn’t be something I should have to beg reception for, is it? Trust me, it’s invariably mission impossible. Then there are the curtains. A reasonable night’s sleep means not being woken up in the morning by light streaming in at 6am. So, please, provide curtains that do their job first, and are snazzy second. Cushions are another bugbear. I counted 15 in one

HOTEL ROOMS: Can be lacking in character. hotel room. Hoteliers who put cushions on beds should be smothered with them. As should those who describe their place as ‘Boutique’ simply because they’ve put pebblefilled jam-jars in bathrooms, towels twisted into ‘swans’ on beds and original, ahem,

‘artwork’ on walls. Then there are the satellite/ TV remote controls which require a PhD in technology to operate. Shower mixers which are so clever they’re a nightmare to switch on. First, there’s some massive shower head in the ceiling you can’t

adjust and as soon as you do manage to switch the thing on, it’s either freezing cold, or scalding hot, but never warm! Not to mention tea-making facilities which are tucked away in a low-lying drawer, need to be plugged in somewhere else, filled under a mixer-tap in the bathroom and come with tiny-portioned coffee, sugar and curdled milk. These are just a few practical issues I’d be really grateful if any hoteliers amongst you out there could consider in 2013. Think about it from the client’s perspective! Okay, rant over!

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The call of the slippery slopes IT defies logic that a rational human being would attach a long plank of wood to each foot, point them down a slippery precipice and take off. Perhaps it is the thrill of dicing with death in this otherwise so controlled life most of us lead that leads millions of us to take to the ski slopes each year. This week I am writing from the tops of the Tyrol mountains in Austria. It’s been a while since I skied, and believe me, it is not like riding a bicycle; first of all I am more petrified of imminent death than I was in my 20s. Time, if nothing else, makes you aware of your own mortality: it’s an awfully long way down… “Bend zee knees!” our fearless instructor Hans bellows, which doesn’t really help since I would need them to stop shaking like a tree in a hurricane first, but since Hans is rather dashing (a prerequisite for this profession judging by the parade of strapping lads and the ladies on these slopes), I try my best. “Put zee feet together!” comes the next instruction when it is my

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turn, something I do much in the style of a lame elephant. “Can we stop for some Gluhwine now?” I lead the rebellion, pointing my pole vigorously towards a little wooden hut nearby, and I have a few backers in the group. I figure that this drink must have been invented to glue your skis together if only I can carefully spill the sticky sweet liquid in the right place. But Hans is not to be swayed: “Nein!” Audible sighs follow from my fellow would-be mutineers, but since our chances of making it down the mountain without Hans are slim to none, we mournfully bid farewell to the tempting little café on the piste.

SNOW JOKE: Skiing or supping? Now, I am all for the après-ski, but it does infer that you have to do your duty on the skis before graduating to the multiple bars, restaurants and shops in this quaint ski village. Still, as Hans shepherds us towards the next chairlift for another round of slide and tumble, I mumble my

apologies and take off with a speed and finesse hitherto unseen in my skiing. As I bee-line towards a bar I can still hear Hans baffled voice behind me: “But, it haz only been one hour…?” I am in fact all in favour of skiing, as long as my vantage point is from the warmth of a

café, where I can peruse all those nimble skiers and snowboarders at my leisure while sipping a nice glass of wine and reading the paper. I get enough of a work-out from shlepping my skis and poles in an unruly mess from the chalet to the ski-stand; it’s really a Herculean effort and I wonder why golfers get caddies for a simple bag of clubs, when us skiers have to stumble around with these planks, with feet stuck in the rigid contraptions of skiboots. As the daylight fades, we all return to the open fire with stories of the day’s adventure. Everyone else appears so animated about it, I can’t really admit to bailing out: “Oh, great! Yes, I really managed to hone those parallel turns!” I hide my newlymanicured nails and shuffle the shopping bags under the table. Just then, the manager appears: “Frau Marshall, Hans called to ask if you will be joining the ski group tomorrow? He was very concerned that you had taken ill, when you left so early this morning.” Oh, well…


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Simon Cowell ‘wants Kate Moss as X Factor style consultant’ SIMON COWELL reportedly wants to hire Kate Moss as a style consultant on the next X Factor series. The TV producer is said to be hoping to land the British model to help with contestant’ fashion choices, while also bringing in new advertising deals for the show, according to reports. A source claimed: “Simon is looking at ways of refreshing the show and one idea he will bring to the table is getting Kate Moss on board. He knows how important the styling of the contestants is and having a supermodel and a worldfamous name on board would certainly raise the bar. “Kate could give the contestants advice and ideas on how they want to look and also how to look after themselves and still look great in the years ahead.” Cowell’s spokesperson is quoted as saying that “no firm plans had been made” over Moss’s role, but that meetings will be held in January. The X Factor producers are rumoured to be planning big changes for the next UK series following a further dip in the ratings for its latest run. Rihanna was recently named as a potential new judge on the panel and an online suvey has voted for Nicole Scherzinger to return next year. Former Emmerdale star Danny Miller has joined Scott & Bailey. The show is centred around main characters DC Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) and DC Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp), both of whom are members of the Major Incident Team of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. Spooks star Nicola Walker and Coronation Street’s Tracie Bennett were announced to appear in series three of the

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crime drama last month. Filming on the third series of Scott & Bailey began in November. The new episodes will be set eight months on from series two’s climax. Guy Ritchie is currently shooting a World War Two TV drama called The Few. The series is based on a group of elite RAF servicemen who fought in the Second World War. A source told reporters: “Guy is really excited about the project. He can’t wait to put his stamp on it. He’s always been interested in the military, so telling the story of these heroes was something he would love to bring to a new audience. It could be as big as Band of Brothers.” The subject is said to be close to the director’s heart as his grandfather Major Stewart Ritchie died in action on the battlefields of France in 1940. The new series is not connected to the WW2 novel of the same name. Ritchie’s series is an original idea conceived by the director’s producing partner Lionel Wigram and will be written by Tom Butterworth and Chris Hurford. ‘The Few’ was the name given to the fighter aircrew of the RAF who protected Britain from the threat of invasion from the Nazis during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Ritchie

became a father again last month when fiancee Jacqui Ainsley gave birth to a baby girl. Dawn French has admitted that she nearly turned down her role in The Vicar of Dibley. The actress admitted that she questioned whether the show was funny enough when she was initially offered the part, reports the BBC. French spoke about her famous role in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. “I thought, ‘How on earth do you play a central character who’s so blooming good?’” she told Kirsty Young. “I thought, ‘Where are the flaws? Where is the monster in this woman?’ That’s what I understand comedy to be.” The show aired on the BBC for 13 years before its final episode on New Year’s Day 2007, and featured cameos from Johnny Depp and Kylie Minogue. If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything, please call me on 678 332 815 or email on richard@europadigital.com I look forward to your comments and questions. Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8fm), or listen online at costaalmeria.spectrumfm.net for the latest news and views from the world of satellite television.


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Mystery and suspense, comedy When 22-year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has to come up with $6,000 quick, or he’s dead. Desperate, he goes to see his father, Ansel (Hayden Church), and lays out the plan. Chris’s mother has a life insurance policy. Enter Detective ‘Killer’ Joe Cooper, a hired hit man, who will get rid of her - for an upfront fee - that Chris and Ansel can’t pay. Just as Joe is about to leave, he spots Dottie (Temple), Chris’s innocent younger sister. Joe makes Chris an offer, he’ll keep Dottie as sexual collateral until the money is collected and his fee can be paid. 1h43 Director: William Friedkin Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) A loss of patience with a situation shows this week but is not to your advantage. Whatever you feel, be subtle in your approach. Try to see your position clearly and the result will be that you realise you have more control than you thought.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) A feeling that you should totally commit yourself to something or someone this week should be avoided. You will come up against a brick wall if a situation is forced. Time is all that is required to see things change for the better.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

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IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: The desire to find an ideal mate brings an edge to the months ahead. It is almost as though you are daring fate to tempt you.

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learn the magic word: no. Know your limits and stick to them.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

There may not be enough time to do everything you want, so why can't you just reorganise your life so there is? Not as easy as it sounds, Pisces, unless you

It incorporates health science, and embraces complementary and nutritional therapy with an accent on biological regulation and the intrinsic healing of the mind, body and soul. It is designed to slowly and

Extra pressures at work leave you feeling less than energetic. Check on your health and don't go overboard

with the physical activities. Set out to become more active, socially, and maximise on relaxation. you?

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

Social activities are likely to change at the last minute. If energy levels are

SU DOKU

systematically change smokers into nonsmokers in around six months without the need for nicotine replacement products and anti-smoking drugs, which is perfect for all those New Year resolutions.

Nacho Duato, born January 8, 1957. He is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer. He was the artistic director of the National Spanish Dance Company from 1990 to 2010. He is currently the artistic director of the ballet at Moscowʼs Mikhailovsky Theatre.

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Although health should be good, energy may be a little low. A bit of a mystery surrounds a close friend and your opinion may be sought. Hold fire until all the facts are known and you are sure a person has been honest with you because someone may try to keep you in the dark to get the right answer. .

The temptation to run round like a headless chicken is strong this week. There seem to be so many demands on your time that things become confusing. Be sure you are getting enough rest because this time of the year can be fraught for you.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

A situation could become complicated if you do not plan ahead. With a little thought and planning, matters can be kept simple which is always desirable. Be choosy about the company you keep because a bad character could taint by association.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) A lost cause tries to demand your attention, but you must try to see the situation for what it is. Sentimentality should not come into business or be allowed to upset your home life.

1. Which Norwegian explorer was the first to traverse the Northwest Passage and, in 1911, the first to reach the South Pole? 2. Who, in February 1979, became the first soccer player to be transferred within the UK for a fee of over £1,000,000? 3. According to the Guinness Book of Hit Singles, what was the title of the Rolling Stones’ first British number one hit single? 4. The Norwegian diplomat Trygve Lie was the first person to hold which position? 5. Which sporting first occurred at the Iffley Road Track, Oxford, on May 6, 1954? 6. According to the Bible (John 20 and Mark 16:9), who was the first to see Jesus after his Resurrection? 7. Which famous horse race, first (officially) run in 1839, was won by Lottery ridden by Jem Mason? 8. What was the name of the world’s first orbiting satellite, which was launched by the USSR in October 1957? 9. What was the name of the first First Minister of Scotland at the head of the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition in 1999? 10. In which south coast resort was Britain’s first nudist beach established in August 1979?

TARGET: Average: 20 Good: 26

Very good: 37 Excellent: 46

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

ambo, bake, bare, bark, barm, beak, beam, bear, bema, berk, berm, boar, book, boom, boor, bore, brae, kerb, oboe, robe, amber, baker, brake, break, bream, broke, brook, broom, embar, ombre, booker, boomer, embark, bookmark, BOOKMAKER

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

Word ladder

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)

LOTTERY

UK THUNDERBALL EURO MILLIONS Friday December 28

Friday December 28

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SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

DUE to the early deadlines for this edition, we are unable to publish the lottery results for the UK National Lottery, Irish Lotto, La Primitiva and El Gordo de la Primitiva, as they had not been drawn at the time of going to Press.

Are you suffering from winter blues? Although it is a common feeling at this time of the year, keep optimistic. There is so much to look forward to, in fact, that you are spoilt for choice.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Recent events have perhaps left a gap in your social life that is hard to fill. Patience is needed because it would be foolish to rush into something new if your heart is involved. Concentrating on work and other people will alleviate any loneliness. This may seem a short-term solution but it is all that is needed for now.

RACK

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

COAT COOT ROOT ROOK ROCK RACK

Ruts are awful things to get into but even more difficult to get out of. Being cosy is one thing, but getting bogged down, mentally and physically, is another. All you need is to keep your optimism alive and use your imagination.

Just joking • What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear. • Why did the man with one hand cross the road? To get to the second-hand shop. • I’ve always wanted to be a doctor but I’ve never had the patience.

FIRST QUIZ OF 2013

not as high as normal, use this week for planning. With holidays in mind, the summer seems far away but maybe a weekend trip will fill the gap.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23)

HOW TO PLAY Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

10-star quiz

Nonagram

Killer Joe

1. ROALD AMUNDSEN, 2. TREVOR FRANCIS, 3. IT’S ALL OVER NOW, 4. SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, 5. SUB-FOUR MINUTE MILE by Roger Bannister, 6. MARY MAGDALENE, 7. GRAND NATIONAL, 8. SPUTNIK I, 9. DONALD DEWAR, 10. BRIGHTON

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Across 7 Cooking instructions: pierce bananas (6) 8 Plundered devastated Toledo (6) 9 Being in April, if everything is OK (4) 10 Sounds like this princess is timid when it comes to facing a tribe of Indians (8) 11 Wren set off for action movie (7) 13 Guide one through the story line (5) 15 Fast, first class railway sprite (5) 17 Twelve inch high chaps used as servants (7) 20 Iʼm done, so change the game (8) 21 To incite a dog is naughty (4) 22 Partly taking the reins in this place (6) 23 Actorʼs remarks not for B teams (6) Down 1 Catty remarks from your lifeline (6) 2 Excavation belongs to me (4) 3 Piggy comes from gym class and gets a couple of hundred a year back (7) 4 Football team in the dumps (5) 5 Nationalist opposition leader against

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Soup (thick) (4) 3 Hierbas (5) 6 Cebolla (5) 8 Pears (5) 10 Nail (on finger, toe) (3) 11 Serious (problem, danger, illness, mistake) (5) 12 Baile (pieza, arte) (5) 13 Mar (3) 14 Hoja (de papel) (5)

the Spanish is Middle Eastern author (8) 6 Shelter is on late broadcast (4-2) 12 Insects are, perhaps, emitters (8) 14 Lassie from Sirius? (3,4) 16 Shore bird at cove flying

around (6) 18 Paint two women (6) 19 Illegal stash of meat cut for roasting (5) 21 The way I walk gets an immense titter at first (4)

23 Horse barn (6) Down 2 Accomplish (7) 3 Goddess of love (5) 4 Department (7) 5 From that time (5) 6 Desert (7) 7 Irritable (5) 13 Hearten (7) 14 Own (7) 15 Particular (7) 17 On oneʼs own (5) 18 Backhander (5) 19 Shinbone (5)

CRYPTIC Across: 1 Workload, 7 Flute, 8 Nostalgia, 9 Sow, 10 Herb, 11 Wet rot, 13 Gimlet, 14 Lanark, 17 Purdah, 18 Wasp, 20 Leo, 22 Astronaut, 23 Nippy, 24 Teaspoon. Down: 1 Wench, 2 Rostrum, 3 Lead, 4 Angles, 5 Quest, 6 Network, 7 Fairway, 12 Hearsay, 13 Gallant, 15 Arapaho, 16 Castle, 17 Poppy, 19 Piton, 21 Eons.

ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Book, 3 Blind, 8 England, 9 Tea, 10 Ruler, 11 Broma, 12 Oro, 13 Ciruela, 14 Goose, 15 Sopa. Down: 1 Beetroot, 2 Orgulloso, 4 Ladybird, 5 Nitrogeno, 6 Fabricas, 7 Calabaza.

Play on Words

TUC Answers: Four poster, Cut back

1.Unscramble the name of a famous children’s television programme, first broadcast in 1969 (two words): SEES TEAMSTER 2. Unscramble the name of a retired English rugby union player: TWO MAD ANTS

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 20 represents J and 21 represents W, so fill in J every time the figure 20 appears and W every time the figure 21 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS

QUICK - Across: 1 Twisted, 5 Bliss, 8 Baked, 9 Startle, 10 Obstinate, 12 Gap, 13 Smudge, 14 Escape, 17 Lea, 18 Senseless, 20 Amiable, 21 Trade, 23 Abhor, 24 Torment. Down: 1 Taboo, 2 Irk, 3 Tidying, 4 Dismal, 5 Brave, 6 Integrate, 7 Steeple, 11 Squeamish, 13 Sultana, 15 Sweater, 16 Insert, 18 Sober, 19 Spent, 22 Ape.

Funagram

Down 1 Esponjas (7) 2 Spring (season) (9) 4 Swords (7) 5 Aubergine (9) 7 Our (7) 9 Más dulce (7)

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QUICK Across 1 Fabric used for clothing, chairs, sails or tents (6) 5 Look for (6) 8 Slim (4) 9 Aromatic bark used as a spice (8) 10 Sweat (8) 11 Rush (4) 12 Area (6) 14 Penalise (6) 16 Overtake (4) 18 Infatuated (8) 20 Convinced (8) 21 Simmer (4) 22 Calm (6)

15 Sudor (transpiración) (5) 16 Heat (warmth) (5) 17 To fall (4)

Quote

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.’ Jim Rohn (1930-2009) American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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

AGREES

EVENTS

SPIRES

ANGERS

GAITER

STATUE

BEARDS

GREASE

TWEEDS

BELLOW (10)

LETTER

WELLED

BREAST

MILLET

WRITER

CHARMS

PATROL

CHOSEN

PLEDGE

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Longer, 2 Dinner, 3 Wilder, 4 Borrow, 5 Noises, 6 Shrunk, 7 Metres, 8 Wheels, 9 Booths, 10 Mellow, 11 Barest, 12 Writhe, 13 Taller, 14 Lusted, 15 Patrol, 16 Mortar, 17 Either, 18 Sparks, 19 Hasten.

FUNAGRAM SOLUTION 1. SESAME STREET 2. MATT DAWSON


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DIFFERENT: The cheese may be available at Harrods.

Donkey cheese most expensive THE most expensive cheese in the world comes from the Serbian donkey. The average dairy cow can produce more milk in six weeks than the entire farm of 130 donkeys, outside of Belgrade, Serbia, can produce in a year and 25 litres of donkey milk are needed to make one kilo of cheese. This could account for its price tag £1,000 (€1,219) a kilo. The cheese is not commercially produced at present, but there are hopes it could soon be on the shelves of Harrods department store.

The world’s largest pizza FIVE chefs in Italy have baked the world’s largest pizza. The world-record pizza is a 130ft wide margherita and was created in Rome, Italy. The dough was baked in over 5,000 separate batches. It was then covered with 19,800lbs of mozzarella and 8,800lbs of tomato sauce. The pizza smashed the previous world record set in 1990 in South Africa which measured 122ft in diameter.

PIZZA: Anyone for a slice? Slices of the pizza were donated to local food shelters in Rome.


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Lots of brothers means fertility WANTING a large family? Well, when searching for your perfect baby-making mate, first count the number of brothers he has. Scientists say the greater the number of male siblings your partner has, the more fertile he is likely to be. The findings were published in the Asian Journal of Andrology.

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Unhealthy snacks linked to Facebook USING Facebook could make you more likely to eat unhealthy snacks. That’s the finding by researchers from Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh (USA) who say that regular contact with friends on the social network site left users with higher levels of self-esteem but lower levels of self-control. They found that people were more likely to snack on unhealthy food once they had logged off particularly if they had been chatting with close friends. The team used five experiments on the behaviour of Facebook users to see how it affected them when they were offline. The studies suggested there was a link between the use of the website and poor self-control over what they ate and how much money they spent, particularly when socialising with close SELF-CONTROL: Is poor after using the internet. friends.

EASY TEST: The new scan can predict how fast patients could deteriorate.

M.S. eye scan test AN easy eye test can help measure how fast multiple sclerosis (M.S.) is progressing. Researchers performed scans on 164 M.S patients that measured the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye. They found that patients with thinning of the retina had both earlier and more active forms of the disease. M.S. affects nerves in the brain and

spinal cord, causing problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. Many sufferers have periods where symptoms are mild, followed by flareups making monitoring of the disease difficult for doctors. It is hoped this new scan, called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) could be helpful in evaluating the progression of the condition.


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RYING to think of a common set of new year resolutions for the EWN readership is not easy as some have large and others small properties, some have long matured gardens and others are just starting to develop new gardens and of course some live in apartments with small storage balconies or elegant roof top gardens. However we hope the following makes sense: • Aim to make all spaces more usable, productive and enjoyable. • Be adventurous but cautious with your plantings. Adventurous in recognising that an enormous range of flowering and evergreen plants and trees, fruit, vegetables and herbs can be grown in all situations in Spain. • Cautious in focussing on planting mainly drought and frost resistant plants to minimise the cost of losses. • Recognise that in all gardens the predominant colours will be the multitude of green tints and hues so add to the assortment of leaf

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colours for interest. Even at Christmas we had getting on for forty types of

plants in flower. For ideas for new colour schemes read the chapter on ‘Painting with plants’ in our book ‘Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance’. • Finally go eco and avoid using potentially dangerous chemical gardening products. A bottle of neem oil insecticide now widely available since Flower launched two neem products, a bottle of propolis as a fungicide which if not in your local garden centre is in the health stores and honey

shops, a bottle of potassium soap or an eco washing up liquid plus a few cloves of garlic to crush to add to water or to plant in geranium pots or under rose bushes can sort out most garden problems. For snails and slugs try Neudorff’s eco snail pellets which do not end up with piles of dead snails and slimy snail tracks. Persuade your neighbours to do likewise. • Start to grow a few vegetables even if only in large size builders’ buckets or window boxes or on a growing table. The illustrations in ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ will give you plenty of ideas. If you like freshly harvested mushrooms, a spore impregnated sack from a local garden centre, agricultural co-operative or animal feed warehouse is a

very easy and productive way to start. If you can’t trace a sack contact info@cultisett.com or cultisett@hotmail.com. • Add some additional fruit trees bushes or plants for fresh seasonal fruits ranging from peaches to redcurrants and strawberries. With home grown fruit you can harvest when really ripe and if not sprayed or spayed ecologically one can eat directly from trees. • Get out and enjoy the first sunny days of the new year and progress the annual winter clean up and

cutback early to create a neat garden and give plants plenty of time to bud up for spring and early summer flowering. • If you don’t have room for a veggie plot take on an allotment. • Encourage the next generations to take an interest in nature and gardens beyond growing cannabis. From what we have heard when running question and answer stands at village fairs and flower festivals many youngsters are experts at that and the skills are there to grow healthier crops. Whatever your new year plans for the garden and apartment terraces do enjoy them to the full this year. (c) Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com January 2013

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HE early 1970s in Mojacar was the best of times and the greatest of times. Almost anyone you spoke to was interested in having “their place in the sun.” Since the average cost was less than $10,000 (€7,600) for a two-three bedroom house with land, people bought as if I had a stand in the Sahara desert selling ice cold beer. They queued up, waited and pleaded to buy. I calculated one night that at that rate of sales I could buy the Province of Murcia by January of the following year. Early in the morning came the Spanish eager to sell their prized possessions. “Land that had been in their families since before the Moors arrived.” Incredibly large tracts of land. From the beach to Antas then over to Lorca and then down to the sea. That was about $5000 (€3,800) if you had it.

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Trouble was making money and no time to spend it! Ric Polansky Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 and became one of the pioneer developers. He read extensively and travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

The Spanish came in droves and didn’t wait patiently for their turn. They barged in, grabbed you and shoved wrinkled, crumpled yellow sheets of very old paper and hand drawn sketches in your hand. Ten thousand orange trees, more olive trees than they could count, chickens, horses, and pigs, each of which had a name. If you balked or hesitated in the slightest they would offer their daughters, sons and their favourite burro. A deal simply had to be done.

Trouble was only one in 5,000 had legal title deeds. This complicated the issue because you then had to go to each of their neighbours and have them sign a map and legal papers to attest to the fact. Trouble was, you could French kiss a snake a lot easier. Once you tried to walk the land with the seller you’d better be quick to run as you’d be greeted with buck-shot and a lot of angry words and disparaging remarks. Friends that once greeted you as one of the

lost Three Kings now sent their wives to the end of the field to wield knives against you should you make it that far. None of them minded you buying, unless it was from someone else. Buying from a close neighbour, relative or life long friend was an “insult” beyond imagination. If you were gonna buy his land, you had to buy theirs too. That wasn’t the only trouble. All of a sudden while erecting the houses we soon discovered no one could read plans or even the sports pages. If you didn’t sit on the site all day with the workers they were just as capable of putting windows in the ceilings as six to seven doors next to each other in the back of the house. Getting the plumbing put in was a delicacy that was never mastered by anyone from around the area, and a lot of hard work and lengthy explanation was needed for this minor frivolity. Then there was the electrical circuitry that was always hammered into the block walls after the building was plastered and nicely finished.

HOUSE INSPECTION: Clients inspecting their house overlooking the Med. These pernickety folk even wanted a roof. The most distinguished master builder was one that could make the chimneys. Now that is an art form as much as proper swimming pools. And ‘trouble was’ they all thought they were the best and most complete engineers and masons the world had known. But over the course of

construction you soon found out that putting up a house was just as easy as launching a rocket to the moon built with Lego parts. And, if you left the construction site for the slightest excuse, you were committing a mortal sin that always proved irreparable and incredibly costly to remedy. Trouble was, if you asked a man to dig a trench and turned your back on him for more than 20 minutes he’d dug over the hill and half way to Carboneras. Always singing. Always pleasant. And very hard working. But if you paid them on Friday evening everything that you owed them, you wouldn’t seen them until each worker’s individual fiestas had run their course. The worker’s wife would return him to the job by his ears with the warning that she had to receive half the wages or he wouldn’t be back again, ever! I had a lot to learn. And it all was more complicated to me than rocket science.


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Women have superior taste buds A STUDY on 8,900 schoolchildren in Denmark has found that women have a better sense of taste than boys. The findings showed that girls recognised taste much better than their male counterpart, and boys need 10 per cent more sourness and 20 per cent more sweetness to be able to recognise the taste of something. Also, boys have a sweeter

tooth than girls. Carried out by the Danish Science Communication and The Faculty of Life Sciences, each child was supplied with a kit of taster samples. The tests were designed to recognise the ability of the children to discover sweet and sour tastes and to find out what they prefer when each sensation varied in intensity.

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Cats that can land on their feet CATS do have a ‘righting reflex’ that operates when they fall. First, the brain commands the head and neck muscles to put the head ‘square’ with the ground. Then the rest of the body aligns itself with the head and, hey presto, the cat ends up in a perfect position for a soft landing. Newborn kittens don’t have this reflex, as it depends on a combination of eye and inner ear messages It might seem reasonable to assume that the greater the height of the fall, the worse the injuries. This is, however, only true up to a level of seven storeys; after that the fracture rate actually decreases. This is because after dropping for a distance of about five storeys, the cat reaches maximum speed, the so-called terminal

Brain activity FALLING: Cats have a reflex to help them land upright.

velocity of a falling body. At this point, the speed is constant and thus the inner ear is no longer aware and stimulated by acceleration. So the cat relaxes and spreads its legs out just as a freefall parachutist does when he is stabilising his descent. On landing, relaxed bodies are much less likely to fracture, which is also true of infants, and adults who are drunk.

Moggies make the most of light IN a totally blacked-out room, a cat can see no better than you or I. What it can do, however, is magnify the faintest quantities of light in its surroundings, and it needs only one-sixth of the light we need. It’s eyes possess a lightintensifying screen made up of 15 layers of cells containing glittering,

iridescent crystals, the tapetum lucidum, set behind the retina. This screen reflects every speck of light after it has been processed by the retina, doubling the effect. It is this that makes cats’ eyes flash in the dark, and probably inspired Willliam Blake’s famous lines: ‘Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright, in the forest of the night.’ Though cats can’t see colour as well as we do, their black-and-white vision is better and they can distinguish up to 25 different shades of grey. For your local radio frequency log onto www.talkradioeurope.com.

Chino Getting it in the neck CHINO, my two-year-old pug, was given a new scarf from Father Christmas, and now won’t take it off. Luckily for him, he looks super cool in it. Steve Matthews, Almeria

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Stop small dog syndrome A TERM given to the bratty behaviour of small dogs, small dog syndrome is when the animal will bark at their owners continuously until they get what they want. Because small dogs appear innocent and harmless, some owners forget they are dogs and not little humans. To stop the syndrome

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not make the mistake of letting bad behaviour go unpunished. Set limits in the house. No eating on the counter or table, no jumping on the couch if uninvited, no jumping on people’s laps if uninvited, no barking to get what it wants. Reward good behaviour with a toy or treat.

DO NOT underestimate your slow, unassuming pet. Goldfish have sharp memories, often remembering the person that feeds them. Unlike the archetypal saying that goldfish only have a three second memory, their minds can in fact recognise a person after a threemonth separation. Also, all varieties of goldfish can see beyond the violet; that is to say they can see ultra violet and infrared lights. They can even see sparks from static

electricity which people cannot. So be careful dragging your socks on the carpet before holding your goldfish aquarium or your pet fish might see sparks flying.


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€306 million investment in Sunderland production plan INFINITI, the car brand of Nissan Motor, confirmed it will manufacture vehicles in Europe from Nissan’s production base in Sunderland, UK. The announcement represents a substantial investment of around £250 million (€306 million) and is expected to create a further 1,000 jobs at Sunderland and across the country. “This milestone, our first premium product to

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FA Cup shocks on the way as big names enter draw T

HIS weekend 32 teams will be participating in the third round of the FA Cup and, as always, there will be a handful of surprises as many top-line clubs play banana-skin ties against inferior opponents. There are four all-Premiership encounters. Seven-time winners and holders Chelsea visit Southampton, Manchester United travel to West Ham, there’s a repeat of the Boxing Day

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.

clash between QPR and WBA at Loftus Road while Swansea play Arsenal at The Emirates. Potential giant-killing acts could be performed by Brighton (at home to Newcastle), Bournemouth (v Wigan), Crawley Town (v Reading), possibly Burton Albion at Leicester and Luton at home to Wolves. And with Aston Villa conceding goals left, right and centre, they will certainly be tested by Ipswich. Sunderland won’t find it easy at Bolton, neither will Norwich at Peterborough nor Stoke at Crystal Palace, and I must wish Hastings United, the lowest-ranked

team left in the tournament, good luck at Middlesbrough. Elsewhere, Everton (v Cheltenham), Liverpool (v Mansfield), Manchester City (v Watford), Fulham (v Blackpool) and Tottenham (v Coventry) should all go through, but you never know; anything can happen in the third round of the Cup and invariably it does! FA CUP: Upsets could happen in the third round ties.

Festive action

* Manchester United delivered another ‘Fergie Time’ Boxing Day knockout to beat Newcastle 4-3. It was the ‘12 goals of Christmas’ for Aston Villa who lost 8-0 at Chelsea and 4-0 at home to Tottenham in the space of five days (Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick for Spurs). A goal by ex-Manchester City star Adam Johnson gave Sunderland a late Christmas present-win over Roberto Mancini’s men and WBA have now attained their best half-season points tally since 1982. * The big game in the Championship over the festive season saw leaders Cardiff beat Crystal Palace 2-1. Second-placed Hull drew 0-0 with Leicester (5th) and after losing 1-0 at second-placed Middlesbrough, Blackburn sacked their manager Henning Berg. * Sean O’Driscoll was also dismissed as manager of Nottingham Forest just two hours after the Reds had whipped Leeds 4-2. It’s a precarious job, managing a football team, unless your name is Ferguson, Wenger or Moyes! * Also last week, lowly Peterborough stunned Wolves 3-0 at Molineux in the Championship while League Two strugglers Barnet caused an upset by winning 1-0 at table-toppers Gillingham. * Former World Cup referee Graham Poll has effectively told PL managers to ‘learn the rules’ of the

game and to stop blaming match officials! This followed the remarks made by ranting and raving Sir Alex Ferguson after Newcastle were awarded a ‘fair’ own-goal at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. I know he’s 71 but that’s no excuse. He’s been in football since he was 16 and should know the rules by now. * Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the 11th batsman in cricket history to score 11,000 Test runs, reaching the milestone against Australia on Boxing Day. And in the same match, Australia’s captain Michael Clarke became his country’s highest run-maker in a calendar year, scoring 1,545 in 2012, to beat Ricky Ponting’s 2005 tally of 1,544. And staying with cricket, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has retired from limited over matches. * Scot Colin Montgomery has emerged as favourite to captain Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup team in his home country. * Rafael Nadal, who hasn’t played a serious game of tennis since Wimbledon last June, had hoped to take part in a tournament in Abu Dhabi last week but withdrew due to a stomach bug. However, he hasn’t ruled out playing in the Australian Open later this month.

Did you know? Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is married to the daughter of Diego Maradona. And Aguero’s striker-partner at The Etihad Stadium, Mario Balotelli, once had a trial with Barcelona

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Chilly Badgers warm up BADGERS visited Macenas Golf for their Christmas Bash. After a cold start to the morning, the weather soon warmed up. Top award for the day went to Roger Whitehead coming in with 38 points, followed in second place on countback by Mick Weston and in third place was The Badger himself also with 35 points. Nearest the pins went to Derick Dale, Mick Weston and two going to Paul Adams. In the Saturday competition Badgers were at Macenas. Top player of the day was Dave Wright, taking the honours for the second week running with 39 points from Tony Randall with 35 points. are Guests welcome to join the society on both Wednesday and Saturday competitions and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950 478 525.

Aguilon course in pristine condition TWENTY THREE members and guests of the 19th Hole Golf Society paid its fortnightly visit to the picturesque Aguilon Course. As always the course was in pristine condition for this singles Stableford competition, and the weather was as good as you could get for playing golf. Several surprising results followed on this beautiful day with the ladies performing particularly well on the shorter par three holes. Zeta Denyer taking nearest the pin on hole 10 and Christine Dow on the 106m 17th. Harry Eels had a good round finishing

third with 32 points, and a nearest the pin on the fourth hole, just behind Terry Caddick on 33 points. But winner on the day with the very good score of 36 points was Keith Kingdom. Keith was playing off his new handicap of 27 and, on this result, the Handicap Master computer programme has cut that to 25. The 19th Hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, the home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. To join the 19th Hole give the secretary a ring on 610 340 653. Or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk.

Summer is here again CORTIJO GRANDE members feel like they are playing summer golf with the recent warm weather, good scores and competitive play. Winner in the club’s weekly competition was John Wardley with 34 points, second with another 34 Frank McGovern and third with 31 John Hill. Ball sweep winners were Cathal Higgins, John Wardley and Peter Jackson. On the Sunday it was a good day for the Wardleys. Wife Barbara won with 36 points, Tony Stubbs was second with 35 and husband John third with 34. What some men will do to keep the peace! Ball sweep winner was John Hill. Visitors and guests are always welcome at Cortijo Grande.

Spanish who took on the English at their own game ALEJANDRO CALVO GARCIA is not a household name, unless you support Scunthorpe United. The nippy Spanish striker served the ‘Iron’ from 1996-2004 during which time he scored 41 goals in 268 first-class appearances and became a legend with the Lincolnshire club’s supporters. Born in Gipuzkoa, Basque County, on New Year’s Day 1972, he played for Real Sociedad, Beasain and Eibar before Scunthorpe and later assisted Torrellano CF. * I’m sure ‘Jandro’ is the author of the only book about football in the Spanish language with ‘Scunthorpe’ in the title (‘Scunthorpe hasta la meurte‘ or ‘Scunthorpe ’til I die’).

Pedro Manuel Matias was born in Madrid in 1973 and is still in action today, playing for CF Carabanchel. He began his career with Ciudad de Los Angeles in 1991 and went to play for Real Madrid, Almeria and Logrones before spending seven years in England with Macclesfield Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall (141 League games), Blackpool, Bristol Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers. He then returned to Spain, has since served with Ciempozuelos, Gimnastica, Socuellamos, Illescas, Vallecas and his present club. He also played once for Spain’s U21 team. Albert Ferrer, now aged 41, was the first Spaniard to play in England while still representing his country at international level (he went on to win 36 full caps). After a loan spell with Tenerife, he was signed by Chelsea from his home town club Barcelona in the summer of 1998. He went on to amass almost 100 senior appearances for the Blues and in fact, he played in the match against Southampton on Boxing Day

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.

1999 which created Premier League history. Chelsea kicked-off with 11 foreign-born players in their line-up, the first time ever that an all-foreign XI had started a game in the 111-year history of English football to that date. He left Chelsea to become coach of the Dutch club, Vitesse Arnhem, taking over as manager in 2011. Manuel Almunia, the Arsenal goalkeeper from 2005-11, was born in Pamplona and before moving to London he had served with Osasuna, Cartagena, Celta Vigo, Sabadell, Eibar, Recreativo and Abacete. He made over 150 appearances for his Spanish clubs. He now plays for Watford.

Playing with Almunia at The Emirates was competent defender Pedro Bothelo, a Salvadorian, who also served with Salamanca, Celta Vigo and CF Cartagena. The highly-skilful midfielder Cesc Fabregas, born and bred in Vilessoc de Mar in May 1987, scored 38 goals in 212 Premiership games for the Gunners as well as gaining 58 full caps for his country. We all know he’s currently plying his trade with his boyhood heroes, Barcelona who he joined last year after spending eight trophyless seasons at The Emirates. Ignasi Miquel, a 6ft 4in reserve defender, and a native of Barcelona, has been on Arsenal’s books for the last three seasons. He started his career at the Nou Camp and has also been with CF Cornella. CESC FABREGAS: The highly skilful mid-fielder presently plays for Barcelona.


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