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ISSUE NO. 1436

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Hard-up shoppers hunt for bargains By Laura Bruce THE sales rush has begun. But most shoppers have less to spend. With the two-month long winter sales officially starting on Monday, traders identified early on that shoppers were out and about seeking the best bargains. For many people, Monday was an official holiday following Three Kings falling over a weekend, and this saw many malls crowded with

SALES HUNT: Shoppers seeking bargain buys. bargain-seeking shoppers, with the majority anxious

for special deals and heavily-discounted items. Ana Fernandez, a shop assistant at Spanish chain Mango, saw an early rush of customers like last year. “Customers hurried through our doors to snap up reductions, including many cut to half price,” she said. Helena Martinez from El

Corte Ingles also noted an early sales surge. “It’s hard to say officially, but the store seemed as busy as last year. Our special deals and some 70 per cent offers encouraged consumers looking for that extra bargain.” She thought it was too soon to know if shoppers had more or less money to spend. But according to official statistics, the ongoing economic difficulties throughout Spain mean shoppers have less money to spend in the winter sales than one year ago. A recent Independent User-Consumer Federation (FUCI) survey revealed the Spanish will spend an average €80 in this year’s winter sales, 11.1 per cent less than in 2011. Turn to Page 4


Goal! Sell-out for Malaga A SELL-OUT crowd of 29,000 awaits league leaders Barcelona and just-crowned World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi on their visit to Malaga. Malaga fans all set back page

Baby escape A GIRL under 18 who gave birth at Malaga Children’s Hospital attempted to escape from the building carrying the baby in a bag.

Long list AT 59 days, Malaga is the Andalucian province where people have to wait the longest to get an operation on the public health service.

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New car sales sink CAR sales in Malaga province fell 16.5 per cent to 17,777 cars sold during 2012, compared to the previous year, said the National Car Dealers Association.

Town scent DEATH BEND: A new traffic sign is to be erected warning of this dangerous bend.

No sign in English THE new traffic sign warning of a notorious death bend at La Cala de Mijas will not be displayed in English. Although Mayor Angel Nozal asked for it to be due to the large number of British and other foreign residents living in the area, the Ministry of Public Works has refused. Mijas town hall was

sent a letter by General Road Management, stating that “English is not an official language in Andalucia.” However, official figures state that 42 per cent of the Mijas population is made up of foreign residents from 22 countries, most of them British expatriates. During 2012 (until mid-

November) there were 13 serious incidents, one death and numerous injuries at the blackspot between km 199 and km 201 on the A7. General Traffic Management (DGT) said 21 per cent of all the accidents recorded in a year on Malaga provincial main roads happened on the La Cala curve.

A COLOGNE brand has been named after the town of Antequera. ‘Agua de Antequera’ (Antequera Water) was officially launched by Perfumeria Hebe at the town hall.

Spa cash UP to €13 million in EU funds will be asked for by Malaga Mayor Francisco de la Torre to pay for a facelift of the Baños del Carmen area, formerly a 19th century spa resort.


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Surprise event at fashion show A FASHION and Beauty Show, as well as a ‘big surprise event’, have been announced by Alhaurin de la Torre town hall.

Second prize A TOTAL of €200,000 from ‘El Niño’ (the child) national lottery’s second biggest prize was won in Malaga city and the town of Benamocarra.

Quarry claim MALAGA city hall has been asked to close the Sillero quarry in Churriana by a local resident’s association. The locals claim the quarry operates illegally and damages the environment.

Legion race AROUND 2,000 people are expected to take part in the Ninth Running Competition in Honour of the Spanish Legion, which will go through Ronda and nearby towns on April 6.

Missing man THE family of Jose Abraham Lopez, a man aged 39 who went missing in Arroyo de la Miel at midnight on December 11, has made an appeal for information. To help, call 652 930 088.

Etchings show THE Modern Spanish Etchings Museum at Marbella’s Calle Hospital Bazan is starting its 2013 programme with a workshop that will run from January 15 to March 16.

Swamp death A YOUTH aged 19 died after crashing his car into a swamp near the town of Iznajar (Cordoba). The body was retrieved by firemen from the Lucena station.


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Empty public buildings ews Nwatch are €43 million waste 2013 baby A STRING of newly built public buildings worth €43 million are lying empty in Malaga province Cash strapped councils either cannot find the money for running costs or are in dispute with each other over who should pay. A €1.4 million public kindergarten in La Cala de Mijas with room for

300 children was finished a year ago. But classrooms remain closed as Mijas Town Council and the Andalucian Government argue over who should pay its running costs. In Torremolinos the €4.1 million Municipal History Museum, expected to open by October 2011, is nearly finished, but just one

painting is available for display. Other examples of buildings lying empty include the €11 million Congress and Trade Show Centre in Antequera and the €2 million Valle del Guadalhorce health centre in Cartama. In Ronda, seven different projects worth more than €5 million are in a similar situation.

Prize year for golden girl Marina

I don’t think it has been my best year’

Argentinian footballer Leo Messi, winner of the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or for skills demonstrated with FC Barcelona. “I am more interested in team prizes and awards,” he added.

THE first Andalucian baby of 2013 was a girl called Blanca, born in Ronda on January 1, two minutes after midnight. The second one was born in Almeria four minutes later.

New Eroski PLANS for a new 32,000 square-metre shopping centre in Ronda were revealed by supermarket giants Eroski. The group estimate it will be finished in two months.

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OR Marina Alabau, 2012 was truly a memorable year. She recently returned to Spain after winning last month’s World Windsurfing RS Title in Borocay, the Philippines, adding to the medal she gained as the first Olympian to win gold for Spain at the London 2012 Games. And her success last year did not end there, for Marina was also named ‘Golden Andalucian Woman’ by the Andalucian Sports Journalists Federation. The 27-year-old professional windsurfer almost won an Olympic medal five years ago in Beijing when she finished fourth in the women’s event. The following year she won the Women’s RS:X World Championship in Weymouth, UK, adding to five European Championship wins in Cyprus, France, Israel, Poland and Madeira between 2007 and 2012. Marina’s first contact with windsurfing was at the age of six when she enrolled in

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LOCAL POLICE in Malaga filed 2,034 cases involving unauthorised parking attendants in the streets during 2012. In 2007 there were just 657 complaints filed.

Wages cut ANTEQUERA town hall expects to save €150,000 after cutting local water supplier managing board salaries by 30 per cent. GOLDEN GIRL: Marina all at sea since age of six. a sailing school in Isla Canela, Andalucia. Now living in Tarifa, on the Costa de Luz Atlantic coast of Spain, when not competing she works as a windsurfing coach. Marina could in fact find herself as the last female windsurfing Olympic champion, as the sport may disappear at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But one thing is certain; in 2013, Marina looks set to continue her winning ways, and to be a girl making headline news not only in Spain but also around the world.

Number of the week died in traffic accidents 1,304 inpeople Spain in 2012, which is 12

per cent fewer than in 2011. Only 23 per cent of fatal accidents occurred on dual carriageways.

Palace bid THE Casa del Jalifa 15th century palace in Ronda will be put up for sale or rent, said the town hall.

Power point NEARLY 700 kilos of dead batteries were collected for recycling in 2012 in Fuengirola.

and finally... A YOUNG man, 19, died after he was hit by a train at Vallecas Station in Madrid. His body was spotted alongside the tracks by the driver of another train going in the opposite direction. National Police are investigating the incident.



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Tragedy strikes at Three Kings BETTER safety measures are being called for after a six-year-old boy was crushed to death by a float during a Three Kings parade. Children gathered for the traditional holiday event in Malaga were told to turn away as the boy’s father, a forensic doctor, gave mouth to mouth resuscitation while the boy’s mother and sister looked on. Emergency workers rushed the victim to hospital, but it was too late to save him.

Now three residents’ associations and political parties, including the PSOE and IU, are calling for improved safety, with the city council considering setting up barricades for similar events in the future. But the mayor, Francisco de la Torre, said after the boy’s funeral on Sunday that the procession had met all required safety measures. Local Police - who had 157 officers at the parade - are investigating the

Shoppers check out sales From Front Page Two in three people indicated they plan to bargain hunt, but 83 per cent of those in the survey indicated they will spend less this year. Clothes are the top item for 67 per cent of shoppers, with other percentages indicated being accessories (21), technology (7) and leisure items (4). Costa del Sol expatriate Susan Williams admitted to checking out the sales on the opening day in Marbella, but spent less than previously. “My grandchildren were totally spoilt at Christmas, leaving very little spare opportunity to treat myself. However, I did manage to bag myself a great bargain in C&A,” Susan said.

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Forest blaze team join 112 TRADITION: Children gather in Malaga to watch the parade. tragedy. Horrified witnesses said that the boy had, together with two other children, crawled under a truck from which sweets were being thrown in the traditional parade in Malaga City. Civil Protection volunteers and local police managed to pull two children to safety, but were too late to save the six-year-old who was crushed as the float moved on. The tragedy happened as the procession was travelling through the central Plaza del General Torrijos square on Saturday. Children traditionally scramble to pick up sweets thrown from the floats in the annual parade. Similar processions are held in cities, towns and villages all round Spain.

FOREST fire control is now available through the 112 emergency number. The Malaga provincial centre of Infoca, the forestry fire prevention and control service, can now answer calls 24 hours a day in Spanish, English, French and Arabic. And Infoca operatives will also benefit from the state -of-theart computer communication provided by the 112 network. This means they will be able to record all cases where their services are needed, including location details and how big the blaze is.

In addition, the measure will help them to better co-ordinate their resources, Infoca Malaga reported. “Transferring information will be faster. Emergency units will get exact details on the location of fires and how they spread, with GPS coordinates,” Andalucian Deputy Councillor for the Environment, Javier Carnero, said. ‘Emergencias 112 Andalucia’ is a costfree public service integrating emergency assistance from the police, firefighters, ambulances, healthcare, civil protection and now forest fires, too.

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One Parador to shut as 350 lose jobs THE Puerto Lumbreras Parador, in Murcia, will be the only one to close, instead of the seven throughout Spain initially proposed. Staff at ‘Paradores’ throughout Spain went on strike at the end of last year to protest the company’s redundancy plan which proposed 644 dismissals. However, the agreement reached between management and unions following 11 hours of talks will result in 350 dismissals, some of which will be voluntary. Dismissed staff at the upmarket hotels and restaurants will receive 25

SITTING PRETTY: Ronda’s Parador is safe from closure. days salary per year worked, with a maximum of 20 months of payments.

Twenty-seven ‘Paradores’ will close part of the year, for periods of

Two men set themselves on fire A 63-YEAR-OLD man died after he set himself on fire in his car, parked under a motorway bridge near Baviera Golf in Caleta de Velez. The man was assisted by National Police officers, who called in a helicopter to take him to intensive care at Malaga’s Carlos Haya Hospital. His condition was described as critical with third-degree burns on 75 per cent of

his body. He passed away at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Sevilla. According to initial police investigations, the man was suffering a serious illness. Inside his car they found a fire accelerant. Two days earlier another man found ablaze in the street was rushed to intensive care by staff at the nearby Carlos Haya Hospital. The 57–year-old, who had been treated

at the hospital about an hour before the incident as he was feeling disoriented, finally died after several days of critical treatment. Although witnesses said the man – apparently a homeless man known in the area – had set himself on fire, Local Police sources could not confirm this. In their initial investigations nothing was found to start or accelerate a fire.

two, three or four months, rather than the initially proposed five months. Thirteen Parador restaurants will close and three will close for five months a year at lunch time. Four hundred employees will see their working hours reduced by 25 per cent and some bonuses will disappear. Throughout Spain, the Paradores employ some 4,400 people. The national ‘Paradores’ saw the worst year in their history in 2012, with occupation levels falling to just 52 per cent this year and have debts of more than €110 million. The ‘Paradores’ which will close temporarily are in Ferrol (La Coruña), Verin (Ourense), Albacete, Ayamonte (Huelva), Manzanares (Ciudad Real) and Teruel. Around 100 staff at the five ‘Paradores’ in Malaga province held a protest in Plaza de la Constititucion, in the city centre, to protest against the dismissals and the privatisation of the company. Eighty people will lose their jobs in Andalucia.



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No winter races for Mijas course THE Costa del Sol Hippodrome in Mijas has confirmed no horse racing will be held during the winter season. And the jury is out about summer racing as a row between the racecourse and racing authorities rumbles on. As the E uro Weekly News reported in December, a winter horse racing programme

NO RACES: But other events will continue as normal.

relied upon a meeting between Mijas Mayor Angel Nozal and National Lottery representatives in Madrid. But now Lottery managers have kept their decision to hold races at the Zarzuela Hippodrome in Madrid during the second half of July and August. The Mijas racecourse managers believe these are the best dates for them, as they can get the maximum takings during that time, instead

of the current dates of mid-June to late July. Mijas Tourism Councillor Lourdes Burgos said: “We are not holding winter races, which are never profitable, if we are not guaranteed the last races of July and in August.” Burgos confirmed the decision will not mean the premises will close, as the rest of the businesses and activities such as the car boot sale will keep running.

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Party to help children HUNDREDS of people attended a party in Plaza de la Mezquita, to raise funds for children. The Arroyo de la Miel event was held in aid of the Malaga Children’s Hospital Volunteer Association (AVOI) and classes at a local shelter. Organised by The English Academy and promoted by the local Department for Social Welfare, the party included raffles, stalls, competitions, dancing and performances. Organisers Olivia and Kate Churchill, thanked local businesses for their collaboration and said they hoped to carry out the same event again.

all property and his shares in a plane and a helicopter, in total worth €108 million seized by the courts. As the right-hand man to former Mayor Jesus Gil, Roman spent six months remanded in prison after his arrest in 2007 as part of the Malaya corruption case. He has been sentenced to pay €66 million to the City Hall. The aircraft, 41 houses and also his business shares will be confiscated, ruled the Court of Auditors at Marbella City Council’s request. “This is a very important step to guarantee that we will be paid back when the final sentence is given,” Marbella council spokesman Felix Romero said. Now Roman faces 21 years in prison for fraud, money laundering, town planning irregularities and tax evasion.



Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Rare reptile on film NATURE broadcaster Sir David Attenborough was the first to film footage of the rare pink iguana Conolophus Marthae in his new series on the Galapagos Islands.

Biggest reef A SCOTTISH reef – home to more than 100 million colourful and rare shellfish – could be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. The 7.5sq km area in Loch Alsh, a sea inlet between Skye and the Scottish mainland, is home to shells similar to scallops with neon orange tentacles.

Oompa attack A GANG who assaulted a man in Norwich included two men dressed as Oompa Loompas. The men had painted their skin orange and dyed their hair green like the characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Lost seal A SEAL has ended up in the RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes near St Ives in Cambridgeshire, miles from the sea, after swimming up the River Great Ouse and crossing flooded land.

Safe water WATER from UK taps is the most stringently tested in the world and is safer to drink than bottled water, professors from Glasgow University have revealed.

Witchy Wales WITCHCRAFT is thriving in the Welsh countryside, with 83 witches and 93 satanists living and practising in the region.


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EVER PRESENT DANGER: Landslides in El Chorro.

Work starts to protect village

WORK on a €365,000 plan to save the village of El Chorro from the ever present danger of landslides has started. Costs will be paid by energy company Endesa after negotiations with the Andalucian Government, managers and

Source: flickr, rosergoula

owners of the Tajo de la Encantada water reservoir located alongside El Chorro (Alora). The works, which have already started, consist of building a 22-metredeep concrete wall with moorings. This should stabilise the land between the village and the reservoir. Estimated deadline for finishing the wall is three months, according to Alora news with 21,000 people Mayor Jose Sanchez. According to a geoin that age group logical study commiscurrently unemployed. In Andalucia, nearly sioned by Alora Town Hall, 27,000 people found a constantly rising and job in December. lowering water levels at the Currently, there are a reservoir whenever energy total of 1.08 million job- is generated by the power station, is destabilising the seekers in Andalucia. Unemploment fell in all ground and producing landslides. provinces.

TWO large buildings in Malaga City earmarked for cultural purposes are looking for users. According to Mayor Francisco de la Torre, the council has received seven different proposals for the partially unused 20,000square-metre Tabacalera building. “Projects for it are still not closed. It may be exhibiting interesting things later this year or in 2014,” he said. Although most of the space in the building will be used for cultural exhibitions, it will also have room for a business training school (Esesa) and a centre for research and development. Proposals for the 6,000-square-metre glass cube at the Muelle Uno marina will be accepted over the next six months to allow it to be operational throughout 2014, De la Torre added.

Festive cheer for the unemployed THERE was some Christmas cheer for the jobless when figures revealed 3,178 fewer unemployed in Malaga Province in December. But although it was a fall on the previous month the jobless figure of 210,872 was still 15,873 higher than the


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Noise lands council in court TORREMOLINOS COUNCIL is being taken to court over noisy bar terraces. Costa Lago Community of Residents claims problems involving noise from pubs and terraces have not been sorted out by the town hall. Residents, who live in the Playamar area, said no measures have been taken to limit bar terrace opening hours and noise levels. They want the terraces removed from their urbanisations. This is the second complaint filed with local police by the community about the noise problem. Now the claim has been accepted by a Malaga court and it will be heard at a future date.


same time in 2011. But in December 2011 the trend was rising with 195 people joining the dole queue, rather than decreasing like last month. Of the new employees taken on, 1,128 were people aged under 25, which is seen as good

LOTS OF ROOM: The Tabacalera building currently houses the Malaga Automobile Museum.



Beach bar takings ‘satisfactory’ ALTHOUGH their overall annual turnover dropped by 4 to 5 per cent in 2012, beach bar and restaurant owners in Malaga Province were satisfied. According to Costa del Sol Beach Businesses Association President Manuel Villafaina, they understood that customers do not spend the same amount due to the economic crisis. “Tourism in general and beach food services in particular are not in crisis. 2012 was not a bad year after all but quite similar to 2011, though obviously nothing like 2008,” he said. Villafaina also pointed out that while Spanish trade has decreased, custom from foreign clients has noticeably increased.

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Patients wait as doctors prescribe strike action DOCTORS in Andalucia are set to start random strikes from next week. But patients have been left waiting to see about potential appointment cancellations as no accurate dates have been given by the Andalucian Health Union.

In Malaga Province, around 4,500 doctors have received the call to join the strike. In order not to affect hospitalised patients, a 24-hour strike will be randomly called every day in a different health centre.

More tie the knot at castle A TOTAL of 346 civil weddings were held at the Bil-Bil castle in Benalmadena during 2012. That is 37 more than the previous year. Town Hall sources reported the castle was the most in-demand location for civil weddings in Malaga Province. Most couples were Spanish followed by Nigerians, Moroccans and British.

Doctors will repeat the strike every 45 days until June. They are protesting against Central Government measures of increasing doctors’ weekly working hours to 37-and-a-half but with no extra pay.

Part-time runway MALAGA AIRPORT’S expensive second runway is only being used part-time. Built as part of a €410-million project it has nearly doubled the capacity of the airport to 65 flights per hour. But currently, the second runway is only open during busy weekends. POPULAR FOR WEDDINGS: Benalmadena’s Castle Bil-Bil.


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Bus station fight TWO companies are fighting to win the contract for the repair and management of Marbella’s bus station. One is the current manager Grupo Avanza, operating under the brand Portillo. The other is a jointventure involving Exclusive Advertising Inc, a Canadian company managing the Toronto metropolitan railway service, and local firm Marbella Architects Estudio. The contract was put out to tender in May 2012. Marbella council expected the work to be finished in the first half of this year.

Fuengirola satisfied with tourism results TOURISM figures in Fuengirola last year have been called positive by the town hall. Councillor Ignacio Souviron said the average occupation rate in

three and four-star hotels during peak season was 85 per cent. And the Tourist Information Office received a daily average of 335 visits, mostly Spanish and

British nationals. The number of bar and restaurant terraces in Fuengirola increased by 5 per cent over 2011, which itself was up 10 per cent on the previous year. Another positive figure pointed out by the Councillor was that, during summer, all marina berths were occupied. Souviron said: “Despite 2012 being the hardest year since the economic crisis started, Fuengirola is one of the leading municiTOURIST PROMOTION: Those visiting Antequera will benefit from a 10% discount. palities in tourism on the Costa del Sol.” He added that this year several TOURISTS visiting AnteThe promotion includes Antequera tourist board new hotels will quera can get a 10 per cent money off in museums, will promote the card at open in the town discount thanks to a new hotels, restaurants and various events in Andalucia, using public funds. card. events. starting at Sierra Nevada.

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Benefits for Youth Card holders BENALMADENA Council has signed an agreement with the local Business Association (ACEB) to promote the use of a Youth Card. The Mayor of Benalmadena, Paloma Garcia Galvez, presided over the signing of the year-long agreement between the local Youth Delegation and ACEB which will increase benefits for ‘Carnet Joven’ holders. There will be more discounts on products and services and this is hoped to encourage people to shop locally. The Youth Councillor, Rafael Obrero; Councillor of Commerce, Ana Macias and ACEB President, Rosa Gonzalez, asked companies dealing in sports, leisure, new technologies, clothing and other youth-related sectors to take part.


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More transplant ops THE Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga was the leading public hospital in Andalucia in organ donation last year, carrying out 201 transplants. Kidney donations were the most common (144), followed by liver (50) and pancreas (7), the Andalucian Health Service (SAS) reported. Source: flickr, tony.evans.

A waterfall at one of the caves.

Other health centres that performed organ transplants included Sevilla’s Virgen del Rocio (189) and Reina Sofia (162) in Cordoba. Overall 734 organ transplants were done in Andalucian public hospitals last year, 71 with organs given by living donors. This is a 39 per cent annual increase and a

record-breaking figure, said a SAS report. According to the study 86 per cent of the Andalucian population is in favour of organ donation. During the last decade, the average age of organ donors has progressively increased. In 1992 the average donor was aged 35. By 2012 the average age was 60.

Plea to save caves from neglect A PROJECT for building a museum inside the Cueva del Gato caves has been proposed by Benaojan town hall. Now it wants the Malaga and Andalucian governments to come up with €400,000 to pay for the plan. The caves are located in the Grazalema natural park, between Ronda and Benaojan. But access to

them is difficult after a bridge over the Guadiaro river collapsed. Mayor Francisco Gomez said picnic areas for visitors are abandoned and run down. Funds would be used for improving access, repairing the picnic areas and building several wood cabins for the museum’s exhibitions.

Influx to Malaga of foreigners IN the last decade Malaga province has received the highest numbers of immigrants in Spain. More than half new inhabitants of the province came from abroad, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said. British, Moroccans, Romanians and Germans are, in that order, the largest foreign communities. And in many towns

foreigners make up a big share of the population. Benahavis, for example, has the largest proportion of foreigners in Andalucia with 55.4 per cent. Other examples are Manilva (40 per cent), Mijas (35.4), Torrox (33.9) and Fuengirola (32.8). Statistics show that the fastest growing towns are to be found in coastal areas, as opposite to inland Malaga.

Coin pay parking COIN town hall has announced it will set up blue-zone pay parking areas in the town centre. Up to 62 parking spots will be affected, including 20 in Plaza Alameda, six in Calle Mesones and 36 in front of the Post Office. Fees approved by the town hall are: €1.20 (two hours), €0.90 (one hour and a half), €0.60 (one hour) and €0.30 (half an hour). Vehicles will be allowed to park a maximum of two and a half hours. The charges will apply during working days from 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm.

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Fines threat for Sheikh’s project YET another deadline has been missed in Marbella’s La Bajadilla Port project. Now proceedings have been started by the Andalucian Public Ports Agency (APPA) against Sheikh AlThani’s company, part owned by Marbella town council, after it missed a third deadline to pay €750,000 in fees. The firm should have paid the first annual management fee in June. Having failed to do so, it was given until September and then December 31, but no money has been paid so far. And the company should have presented definitive plans for the project to APPA in October. It also missed a March deadline on company paperwork. Now the company is facing separate fines of €25,000 and €30,000 for missing the deadlines, APPA reported.

Internet child porn - 20 people arrested

TWENTY people have been arrested and a further 15 charged for distributing child pornography. In two Guardia Civil operations covering 19 provinces throughout Spain, officers seized computer equipment and collections of videos and photos of minors which were shown and shared on websites for paedophiles.

The first investigation began after Guardia Civil in Madrid detected several sites containing files with child porn and software for locating and downloading such files. Several users of the site were tracked down and 17 men aged between 21 and 69 were arrested. They were charged with prostitution and corruption of

minors. Thirteen others were also charged. The second operation was launched following a complaint to the Guardia Civil in Cadiz from a man who, thinking he was downloading a file with music, found it contained images of child porn. The users who shared the files were located and three people were arrested. Another two were charged. The arrests were carried out in Madrid, Alicante, Barcelona, Cadiz, Guipuzcoa, Huelva, Mallorca, Leon, Malaga, Murcia, Navarra, Asturias, Salamanca, Sevilla, Tenerife, Valladolid, Las Palmas, Valencia and Zaragoza.

MALAGA PORT: Started off 2012 well, but trade has since declined.

Trade sinks for Malaga Port in second half of the year DESPITE a good start to 2012 Malaga Port ended the year handling 31 per cent fewer containers than 2011.

Although the first five months were busier than the same period in 2011, last year’s second half saw port trade dive.

The year ended with just 450 ships tying up at cargo handling Dock 9 compared with 513 that arrived in 2011, Port authorities said.

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Solymar, Benalmadena.

Roundabout refurbishing THE Solymar roundabout in Benalmadena will be refurbished before summer. According to Councillor of Works Concha Cifrian, repairs on the town landmark will start next month. As well as redecorating the roundabout, the Avenida Antonio Machado, Avenida Alay and the main access to the marina will be re-paved.

New businesses SINCE 2008, 9,400 people in Malaga province have applied for their unemployment subsidy to be paid in one instalment. It has been granted 83 per cent of the time. The reason given for applying in most of the cases was starting a business or becoming a member of a cooperative. When going their own way, Malaga self employed tend to open a business related to food or a shop. Out of 93,971 currently registered in the RETA, 45 per cent are enlisted in businesses of this kind.


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New car sales plummet NEW car sales fell 13.4 per cent in 2012 with 699,589 vehicles sold throughout Spain. These are the worst figures registered since 1989, despite the boost of the Plan PIVE towards the end of the year. Sales in December were 23 per cent lower than in the same month in 2011, according to car manufacturers’ and sellers’ associations Anfac, Faconauto and Ganvam. Plan PIVE grants to help people buy more energy-efficient vehicles began in October and 65,000 vehicles were sold until the end of the year. Private sales fell 12.9 per cent to 337,948 for the whole of the year, while sales to companies

FALLING: Car sales. fell 19.4 per cent to 224,980, and sales to car rental businesses fell by 3.2 per cent to 136,661. The manufacturer which sold most cars in Spain in 2012 was Volkswagen, with 62,490; however, the favourite model of 2012 was the Renault Megane, with 30,146 sold.

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Metro train ‘should run overground’ MALAGA’S Metro should emerge from its tunnels and run overground in the city centre. That is the message from the Andalucian Government, which says it would guarantee the project’s technical and economical viability. Andalucian Government Deputy in Malaga, Jose Luis Ruiz, said: “We ask the city hall to consider this option. Given the current economic circumstances, this is a scheme that can

MALAGA: Should the Metro emerge from its tunnels? really be carried out.” But so far Malaga City Council is insisting that the

Metro should run underground as originally planned.

Scrap metal dealer faces fine A RESIDENT of Estepona will be fined €1,500 for accumulating and handling scrap metal without an official licence. The authorities considered that the man had committed a serious offence, by contravening local

regulations. He had been piling up computer parts, batteries, fridges and washing machines on a plot near Camino Pantoja, which had been formerly declared as inadequate for construction purposes.

Parents forced to put son in school A COUPLE who were home-schooling their son have been ordered by Granada Provincial Court to send him to school. The couple, both teachers, had decided to educate their young son at home, but the Public Prosecutor’s Office considered them guilty of abandonment. The court, however, did not consider they had committed any crime, but told the Public Prosecution to follow up the case in a civil court in order to ensure the child attends an official school. In 2011, the boy’s school and local town hall reported the parents. Attending school is obligatory from age six to 16 in Spain.


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Dune park under protection


Stories making headlines from Russia

High-flying officials

Source: flickr, montuno.

PRESERVATION of the Dunas de Artola natural park in Marbella will be guaranteed by a €192,000 investment from the Central Government. The 15,000 square metres of sand dunes in Marbella’s Las Chapas area will be bought by the government. The plot will be fenced off to stop cars driving amongst the dunes. Local developers of four nearby urbanisations will be compensated. The Costa del Sol is almost entirely bereft of sand dunes, making the Artola natural park, next to Puerto Cabopino, particularly important for its rare plant life and ecosystem.


GOVERNMENT officials might soon adopt helicopters as their official vehicles as more landing pads are due to be built in Moscow during the first quarter of 2013.

Adoption ban UNIQUE: Sand dunes are an uncommon sight on Costa del Sol. Another €1.65 million will be used for repairing the Torre

Ladrones, a 15th century Arab defence tower.

Nurse saves boy in mid-flight drama A 27-YEAR-OLD nurse from Malaga saved a boy’s life during a flight to Düsseldorf, Germany. The child was taken ill mid-flight and suffered convulsions and a fever of 40ºC. Nurse Virginia Valle volunteered to help as the child needed emergency treatment. With the help of flight attendants and the boy’s parents, an Italian man and a Belgian woman the Spanish nurse managed

to keep the child’s airways clear as he was in danger of choking. Virginia also used the limited medications on board to reduce the fever and calm the convulsions. The boy’s parents thanked her for saving their son’s life. Ironically she should not have been on the New Year’s Eve Ryanair flight, but a ticket mix-up meant she had to fly back to her home in Germany a day early.

SINCE the turn of the year the adoption of Russian orphans by US citizens has been banned after a new bill was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

TV threat FOUR Duma (parliament) deputies want to ban ‘foreign’ hosts from state television following a ‘derogatory’ remark about Russia by French born, American educated, journalist Vladimir Pozner.

Tractor tax RUSSIA has started charging a higher 27.5 per cent import duty on grain harvesters following massive imports of mostly American-made farming vehicles.

Rising from the ashes

New missiles

REFORESTATION of the 8,225 hectare of mountains burnt in August, and affecting several Malaga Province towns including Coin, will start next autumn. According to plans announced by the Andalucian Government, the first stage - clearing the burnt wood - has already started. Natural plant regeneration was happening very quickly, but soil erosion could be a problem. So a second stage of land stabilisation works would take place in spring, before full reforestation, hopefully, in autumn.

TWO new missiles even more powerful than the current RS-20B Voyevoda Inter Continental Ballistic Missile are being developed by Russia as a response to the US missile defence system in Europe.


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Corrupt mayors MAYOR of Santiago de Compostela Angel Curras has been charged with corruption. The Conservative Partido Popular mayor and his Cabinet Chief, Francisco Castro, have been charged in the ‘Pokemon’ investigation into alleged irregularities in the assignation of work to different companies. In Santiago the investigation has focused on the Vendex Group. They are just two out of a group of Galician politicians charged in the investigation, with the mayors of Ourense, Francisco Rodriguez, and Boqueixon, in La Coruña, Adolfo Gacio, also charged. They have both resigned, while Curras says he does not intend to do so, the same as the mayor of Lugo, Jose Clemente Lopez.

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Ton of hashish stolen from customs office in Huelva HOODED raiders broke into the customs building in Huelva and within minutes stole almost a ton of hashish. Now police believe the perpetrators may be members of the same gang from which the drugs were originally seized. This, the Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said, happens quite frequently.

Noisy love birds TWO amorous peacocks have been banished from Ronda after complaints about the noise they made when in heat. The two birds had been used to wandering freely in Alameda del Tajo park. But fed up locals living in the nearby Avenida del Poeta Rilke complained to the town hall that the birds were just too noisy, especially after midnight and when they were in heat.

The robbery was carried out by between eight and 10 people who loaded 30 packages of the drug into two 4x4 vehicles and a trailer. Residents called the police, who report that the robbery took place to coincide with the chimes to mark the end of 2012. By the time police arrived just minutes

later at the building in Plaza Doce de Octubre in the centre of Huelva, the intruders were nowhere to be seen. There were no guards on duty at the time and although the alarms sounded, security staff arrived at the same time as the police. Similar robberies which had previously occurred in Sevilla, Malaga and Cadiz resulted in the loss of hundreds of kilos of drugs. The government has speeded up plans to build an incineration plant in Cadiz to destroy drugs as soon as possible after they are seized. Drugs confiscated in Andalucia are currently sent to Asturias to be destroyed. The judge had not yet authorised the incineration of the drugs stolen on this occasion. The Government SubDelegate in Huelva, Enrique UNWELCOME PEACOCK: Too noisy when in heat. Perez, has said that measures will be taken to Now Ronda Town Council has Tolox, where they are “safe and increase surveillance at the had the birds removed and sound,” Councillor of Parks Rafael facilities. banished to a rural house in Flores said.

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Resort rethink after lack of investors COIN town hall is still looking for investors to run two abandoned hotel-resorts. The council put out contracts to run El Palomar and Ciudad del Cine resorts in October, but there were no takers. Now the town hall is thinking of changing the conditions of the contracts to make them more appealing to potential investors. Ciudad del Cine is a rural urbanisation built more than 20 years ago. Initially conceived as a movie set, it is suitable for film making and can accommodate up to 170 people. El Palomar Hotel in Miravalle urbanisation has room for 20 customers. With the two resorts still closed, the threestar Albaicin Hotel with 20 rooms is currently the only high-quality hotel in Coin.


Company wants the salary of MP A COMPANY has requested that the salary of left-wing Izquierda Unida politician Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo be embargoed to

pay for damages. The Asociafruit producers association has asked a court in Sevilla to embargo the salary the mayor of Marinaleda receives as an Andalucian Parliament Member to pay €483 he was fined to cover damages caused during a protest. He and 68 other members of the Andalucian Workers Syndicate entered the association’s facilities on November 28, 2008, to protest against the dismissal of 30 workers from a fruit farm. They were removed four hours FIVE STAR: Melia La Quinta Hotel. later by National Police. Each of them was fined €60 to cover damage to furniture and blinds. The ALL the staff in the five-star Melia La Quinta hotel in sentence was confirmed Marbella will be fired. last October. According to Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) trade In court, they all refused union representative in Malaga Lola Villalba, the layto testify, except for off plan presented by hotel owners Grupo Pascual is Sanchez Gordillo, who said in two parts. The first stage will see the 33 they had done nothing permanent workers dismissed. The remaining 43 wrong. temporary workers will be fired later. For now, the court has The management plans to open the hotel for just responded that it will wait four summer months a year, said Villalba. A deadline for the fines to be paid for negotiations between the owners and the union before it replies to the has been set for next Friday, January 18. request for an embargo.

Hotel staff to go

Girl, 5, dies in car crash on motorway AN ALLEGED drunk driver, 25, was arrested in Granada, accused of causing an accident in which a child was killed. The accident occurred near Huetor Santillan, in Granada province, at around 6am on the A-92 motorway. The girl,

five, was travelling in a car with her family when their vehicle was allegedly rammed from behind by the detainee. She died in hospital, and her father, 41; grandfather, 75, and mother, who is pregnant, were also injured. A man who was in the same vehicle as the detainee was slightly injured. When the Guardia Civil arrived on the scene, the driver allegedly fled on foot but was arrested FORTY per cent of immigrants living in Andalucia shortly afterwards in a are unemployed, according to the General Workers’ nearby town and charged Union (UGT). with negligent manMany of those unable to find work cannot renew slaughter. their residency permits and lose healthcare. He had just regained Immigrants have also seen aid for integration and his driving licence after education cut, laws change and are invited to carrying out courses set return to their countries of origin. by the DGT national traffic authority.

No work forces immigrants to return to home countries

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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Swine flu concern NORWAY - Doctors fear Norway could be in for an epidemic of swine flu after 84 human cases were reported at Akershus University Hospital near Oslo.

Royal bride SWEDEN - Royal Court spokesman Berrtil Ternert has announced that Princess Madeleine will marry American fiancé Chris O’Neill at the Royal Palace church in Stockholm on June 8.

Green shoots DENMARK - Prime Minister Helle ThorningSchmidt has predicted that Denmark will show the first signs of economic recovery this year.

Toll charge SWEDEN - A new road toll congestion charge of between eight and 18 kronor a day, similar to the one in Stockholm has been introduced in Gothenburg.

Taking action NORWAY - Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced that the country will increase investment on worldwide anti-deforestation and emission-cutting programmes this year.

Tree worry DENMARK - Up to 60 trees throughout the country will be analysed by the University of Copenhagen after fears that tree-destroying mould Phytophthora could cost the country hundreds of millions of kroner.


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Councillor’s car torched GUARDIA CIVIL are investigating the circumstances in which a vehicle belonging to a councillor in La Carolina (Jaen) was set on fire. Local Mayor Francisco Gallarin, who, like the councillor whose vehicle was destroyed, is a member of the Conservative Partido Popular (PP), blames left-wing groups. The fire gutted a personal vehicle belonging to the deputy mayor, Santiago Adan, and damaged the façade of his parents’ house. It was started intentionally in the early hours of the morning. Gallarin claims this is just the latest in a series of violent acts against the PP carried out by left-wing groups since the night before the General Strike in November 2012. Meanwhile, the local left-wing party has expressed its support for Santiago Adan.

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Four locals up for Goya film awards FOUR Malaga-born people are nominees for the 2013 Goya national film awards. The Spanish version of the Oscars will be held on February 17 in Madrid. Antonio de la Torre has two nominations, one for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the police thriller Unit 7, and the other for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the war film Invasor. De la Torre already has one Goya to his name for his supporting role in the drama Dark Blue Almost Black in 2006. He has also been nominated twice before for Best Leading Actor.

DOUBLE CHANCE: De la Torre (left) featured with partner Mario Casas in Unit 7’s original poster.

De la Torre’s partner in Unit 7 Joaquin Nuñez, producer Carlos Taillefer (for documentary Contra

el Tiempo) and screenwriter Ramon Salazar for the adapted screenplay of romantic drama I Want You are the rest of the Malaga-born nominees. The most nominated films are Blancanieves (18 nominations) and Unit 7 (16). Both titles are put up for the Best Film award, along with The Artist and the Model, and The Impossible.

Avocados - healthy and free AN association to promote local Andalucian products handed out 200 kilos of

avocados in Arroyo de la Miel. The ‘Yo? ¡Producto andaluz! (Me? Andalucian Produce!)

association handed out the fruit on the corner of Avenida de la Constitucion and Avenida de Blas Infante. Association President Bartolome Florido was present as well as local councillor for Commerce, Ana Macias. “Benalmadena Council has once again decided to give its support to this

initiative which aims to promote the purchasing and consumption of produce grown in our own region,” Macias said. Florido pointed out that avocados are very healthy as they have components which help fight cholesterol as well as containing Vitamin E which delays the ageing process and is an antioxidant.

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Officer beaten A SENEGALESE street peddler was arrested by Local Police after allegedly attacking and beating a police officer who was taking a walk on Marbella’s beach promenade with his wife and son.

Holy work UP to €2.59 million will be invested by the Andalucian Tourism Board on work to pedestrianise the streets surrounding Malaga Cathedral by 2014.

Bubble bursts SPANISH television soap opera ‘Arrayan’, shot in Coin, has broadcast its last episode. The series has been axed after a 12year run. The drama’s plot followed the lives and loves of staff in a hotel called Arrayan.

New resort A 3.5 MILLION-squaremetre area in Marbella’s Las Chapas has been earmarked for a new leisure resort.

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MONKEY BUSINESS: Mascot helped promote avocados.

Busy ombudsman COMPLAINTS to the ombudsman in Spain rose by 20 per cent in 2012. Most of them were regarding mortgages, evictions, unemployment and social benefits. The ombudsman’s department, led by Soledad Becerril, has launched 400

investigations and issued 600 resolutions and suggestions in 2012. Some of them will have a profound impact in preventing evictions, preparing a report on State Protected Houses which stand empty, and alerts on risky financial products.

FUENGIROLA’S Torreblanca-Carvajal area could get a new seafront park. The project, with an estimated €3 million budget, has been presented to the Ministry of the Environment for approval.

Grant delay AROUND 5,000 disabled people in Andalucia will die still waiting for the Central Government grant they are due, the Malaga Social Workers Association has claimed.


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Girl dies in fall A GIRL, nine, died after falling from the third floor of As Cancelas shopping centre in Santiago de Compostela. The accident occurred before midnight when she was playing on the escalator. Her parents were having dinner in a nearby restaurant when she climbed onto the handrail and fell. The shopping centre cancelled all Christmas events. It claimed the accident did not happen due to a lack of safety measures. The management have handed over security tapes to the court in charge of investigating the accident.

Van Nistelrooy is king! FORMER football star Ruud van Nistelrooy cheered the children of Marbella and San Pedro as one of the Three Kings during the traditional parade. The former striker who played for Real Madrid, Manchester United and Malaga CF was disguised as King Balthasar. Van Nistelrooy currently lives in Marbella. The parade started at Marbella’s Leisure Port and went along the main streets, each wiseman on a car. They also visited sick children at the Costa del Sol Hospital. The Three Kings were then picked up by helicopter and flown to San Pedro de Alcantara.



Stories making headlines from Gibraltar

Hockey threat THE Spanish Government has threatened to sanction the organisers of a hockey tournament in Barcelona after learning a team from Gibraltar was taking part.

On deaf ears

HAIL TO THE KING: Lots of people attended the parade in Marbella.

Gerard is the first baby of 2013 GERARD, the first child born in Spain in 2013, arrived at the Verge de la Cinta Hospital in Tortosa (Tarragona). The young Catalan was born 30 seconds after the chimes marked the arrival of the

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New Year. His parents are Montserrat Espinosa, 34, and Lluis Vendrell, 43. The second baby of the year was David, born at 12.01am in Gandia (Valencia) and third place was shared by Eythem,

born in Madrid at the same time as Blanca in Ronda (Malaga), 12.02am. Eythem’s mother is Peruvian, and three of the other first babies born this year also have foreign parents: Rachael, in Sevilla,

has Nigerian parents; the mother of Amir, born in Denia (Valencia) is Moroccan, and the parents of Albania, born in Palma de Mallorca, and Maikel, born in the Basque Country, are Bolivian.

TWO Spanish conch rakers fishing in Gibraltar waters ignored warnings by the Royal Navy to leave. Guardia Civil placed themselves between the fishermen and Royal Gibraltar Police.

Workers fume RESTRICTIONS on the cigarette importation quota allowed by the Spanish authorities through the border to stop tobacco smuggling are causing discontent among frontier workers.

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Key road upgrade TWO additional lanes – one in each direction - will be added to the road crossing Avenida de Ceuta in Alhaurin de la Torre. Once contracts are signed the works will have a deadline of three months. Plans have now been put out to tender, the town hall reported. The road is popularly known as the ‘Cuesta de Rene’. When completed, it will connect the town centre with Avenida Las Americas, the industrial estates and the ring road to the A-7 coastal road.

Nephew to testify in the Noos case IÑAKI URDANGARIN’S nephew has been called to testify in the case against him. The judge in charge of the Noos corruption case involving the King of Spain’s son-in-law has called Jan Gui Urdangarin and three other witnesses following a request from the Anticorruption Prosecutor. The aim is to determine why he contacted people who the Noos group

registered with the Social Security as staff, despite them not carrying out any role within the company. The Noos Institute was run by the Infanta Cristina’s husband Iñaki Urdangarin, and his partner Diego Torres, and was allegedly used to divert €5.8m in public funds from the Balearic and Valencian regions between 2004 and 2007. The alleged crime was discovered during the investigation into the Palma Arena case. One witness admitted she was registered as an employee for Noos and for Aizoon, the company used by the Duke and Duchess of Palma to manage their assets, despite the fact she did nothing within either company. She claimed to have been contacted by Jan Gui Urdangarin and she allegedly accepted the offer because she needed to pay into the Social Security two more years to get her pension.

DRIVE-THROUGH: Bystanders donned Smurf headgear to greet the classic cars.

Blue town welcomes cars MEMBERS from the SOL Classic Car Club congregated in Juzcar, also known as Smurf Village, and paraded their collection of classic vehicles. Sporting trademark Smurf headgear, they drove through low clouds and were met by Mayor Angel Nozal. The club are planning a full and varied programme of events in the New Year. Smurf Village took on its name after being painted blue to promote The Smurfs movie in 2011, and has chosen to remain so.

Vehicles recovered TWENTY-FIVE stolen heavy vehicles worth more than €1.2 million have been recovered across Spain. Since August 2011, seven operations carried out by Guardia Civil and National Police against the international heavy vehicle trafficking network have resulted in 50 arrests. They are charged with robbery, fraud and identity theft. The stolen vehicles were destined for export and sale to African and Middle Eastern countries.

Estepona park to be named A NEW 25,000 square metres park, opened in Estepona’s Las Mesas area, needs a name. Featuring several children play areas and sports activities, the park cost the town hall €365,000. As part of the Three Kings programme of activities for

children, an opening event included bouncy castles, story-telling and outdoor painting. Now the town hall wants the public to help come up with a name for the park. For more information contact Estepona Town Council.

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Stories making headlines from Germany

Government being sued AROUND 80 relatives of more than 90 civilians killed in an air strike in Afghanistan in 2009 are suing the German Government for a total €3.3 million.

Far shoppers GERMANY is becoming such an increasingly popular shopping destination for wealthy Russians and Chinese that customs officials can barely cope.

Tongue tied BONN POLICE are investigating an Indian man’s claims that he had his tongue lacerated by Islamists after he refused demands that he become a Muslim.

Long term OUT of the 4.33 million German jobless 3.03 million are classed as long-term unemployed, according to the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

Job sadness PSYCHOLOGICAL disorders like depression have become the number one reason for early retirement in Germany, according to figures from German statutory pension scheme Deutsche Rentenversicherung.

Had enough THIRTY POINT FOUR per cent of Germans who join the voluntary military service quit before completing the sixmonth trial period, according to figures by the Defence Ministry.


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Expat held for domestic abuse A 38-YEAR-OLD British resident in Mijas Pueblo has been detained by Local Police for alleged domestic violence. Police sources reported they found the man’s partner, also British, at their home, badly bruised and shaken. The man had previously tried to aggressively block the front door in order to bar entry to the police, who had been alerted by neighbours. On entering, the police found the man’s partner. Her face was bloodied and her clothes showed signs of having been ripped. When asked by the officers what had happened, the woman alleged she had been beaten by her companion. She was taken by ambulance to the Las Lagunas Health Centre and later discharged. The accused will now face court.

Police close net on growers


Nose for crime A MAN, 31, was arrested in Malaga when Local Police found 17 marihuana plants inside his building on Calle Joaquin Turina. He allegedly hit one of the officers during the raid. The arrest was made possible thanks to Robin and Roco, two dogs trained to detect drugs by a special police unit. After the officers followed the suspect to his apartment, Robin detected a scent. Following a trail to a storage room in the parking area, Roco too started to react. Inside the room 17 marihuana plants and different goods for cultivation were found.

UK via Ireland ILLEGAL immigrants are travelling from tourist countries like Spain to Ireland, in order to enter Britain. They take advantage of the fact there are no passport controls or immigration checks

SEVEN people were detained and another questioned for the alleged cultivation and distribution of nearly 2,900 marihuana plants in Malaga Province. A National Police investigation into a Dutch drug distribution network led to raids on four different houses in Mijas and Cartama where drugs were being grown. The largest marihuana plantation was found in a 128-square-metre basement, which had been hidden under the false floor of a wooden house.


Attack claim by activists FIVE members of Igualdad Animal, an animal rights’ organisation, have complained to Malaga National Police that they were attacked by Circo Berlin circus workers during a protest.

Fishy thieves

RICH CROP: Hash on an industrial scale. Inset: Hiding place for packaged drugs. All four houses were equipped with professional ventilation systems, featuring industrial air filters for eliminating the drug’s smell.

on travellers between Ireland and the UK, the Spanish National Police reported. The latest case of this kind was reported by officers at Malaga Airport. A man aged 29 was held for allegedly using a forged French passport to try and take a flight to Ireland. He was identified as an Albanian national.

Peanut surprise A DRUGS den at a Marbella bar has been shut down by National Police. During the raid the bar’s owner was detained for alleged drug trafficking. He was accused of selling clients small amounts of drugs hidden inside peanuts. Six cocaine sheets were found on the premises and €840 in cash was seized. The operation was part of a police campaign ‘to stop minor

The suspects had allegedly bypassed the electric meter so the readings did not raise suspicion over higher energy consumption. This is the second

drug distribution in night leisure areas of Marbella’, according to a statement.

Party over FOUR people were held by Local Police in Malaga’s Guadalhorce industrial area as they allegedly held an illegal 200-people party in a warehouse. The New Year’s Eve party was raided by 21 officers. Small amounts of drugs were seized and 15 police drug reports made. The four people arrested - aged 21 to 24 - were believed by officers to be the organisers. They claimed it was a private party for a cultural club called Monster Step. One of them allegedly injured an officer’s hand with a broken glass as he was trying to escape.

stage of the antidrug operation, Ramses. The first stage was nationwide, with 17 people being charged including eight in Malaga Province.

Unusual trip A MARRIED couple from Colombia have been sentenced by a Malaga Court to three and two years in jail (man and woman, respectively) for drug trafficking. They will also have to pay a fine of €30,000. The couple were detained as they drove with their two children to their home in Fuengirola. Nearly 500 grams of cocaine were found inside the right rear seat. The drug was worth around €15,500 on the black market.

False identity A MOROCCAN man aged 21, who is banned by the authorities from entering Spain, was caught by National Police in Malaga while allegedly using a fake ID card.

December drug den count NATIONAL POLICE reported that 19 drug dens were closed in 10 different areas of Malaga City in

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December. During the raids, a total of 31 people were held on charges of of distributing small

amounts of drugs. In total 2,117 grams of marihuana and hashish, 64.9 of cocaine and

36.65 of heroin were seized. Two guns, 235 bullets and other goods were also confiscated.

THREE men were sentenced to six months in jail for stealing packs of fish worth more than €400 from a restaurant at Malaga’s Guardamar beach.

Wrong ID A VET working for Malaga City Hall was found to be the mistaken holder of a Local Police ID card since 1995. “It is an uncommon event,” Safety Councillor Julio Andrade said.

Meter fine A MAN was sentenced by Malaga Court to pay a €300 fine and €400 in compensation for bypassing his electricity meter.

Jealous lover A MAN aged 44 was detained by National Police in Malaga’s Cerrado de Calderon area for allegedly stabbing and knocking down with his car an ex-girlfriend’s friend out of jealously.

Online scam TWO men from Torremolinos and Arroyo de la Miel were acquitted of fraud as a Malaga court found they were the victims of an internet scam offering a non-existent


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Broad horizons COSTA DEL SOL Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) will be hosting two lectures next week. The first will take place on Monday at 4.30pm at the Salon Varieties Theatre in Fuengirola, ‘Treasures of the Silk Road from China to the Mediterranean’, and the second on Tuesday at 10.30am at The Danish Club in Mijas, ‘Walking the Longest Wadi in Arabia’. Both will be led by Christopher Bradley, who having travelled extensively in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, supplies photographic libraries with contemporary travel pictures.

Mijas La Cala Lions aid Butterfly Children THE Mijas La Cala Lions club was proud and delighted to recently have the opportunity to present a cheque for €2,500 to Debra-España. Perhaps better known as the Butterfly Children’s Charity, Debra was founded in 1993 and remains dedicated to offering health and nursing advice and services to families with children and young people suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), or Butterfly Skin, a rare and incurable skin condition caused by genetic mutation. For further information about the work of

(L-R) Minerva Dominguez Debra Head of Communications & Fundraising, Bryan Coventry President La Cala Lions, Evanina Makow Debra Director. Debra-España contact their head office which is located in Marbella

(tel. 952 816

The British Association of Marbella (BAM).

Their weekly mornings are

coffee held

Rotary Club donates toys for needy A SELECTION of toys has been delivered to the Santo Cristo Del Calvario church in Marbella, by the


Improve your life SATURDAY will see a full day workshop take place in El Rosario. Life coach and radio broadcaster David Millner will guide people through personal goals - earth

Choral invite



International residents of Marbella

THOSE wanting to be part of a new club should join

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Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina. The gifts will be distributed throughout the local community for

children and families in need. The Rotary Club has been supporting the work of the church for two years.


Wednesdays 11am at La Pensionista in Marbella. President Jan Jennings plans to hold regular events and professionally guided trips to meet the interests of members. The group recently held a lunch at La Casanis. Info: 952 835 947.

PEOPLE interested in joining a choral group can contact the ParaSol Singers in Duquesa, who are also looking for a reserve accompanist - 692 558 041.

Freethinkers TOMORROW (Friday) will see the Costa del Sol Freethinkers’ meeting at 6.30pm at Cafeteria Las Rampas in Centro Comercial Las Rampas, Fuengirola.

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Waitress attacked A WAITRESS had to be treated in hospital after being pushed against a wall by a customer at a Murcia café who refused to pay for his drink.

Sightseeing by Vespa

Watching brief TORREVIEJA’S Vyriato traffic system is at the forefront of CCTV and security in Spain with vehicle flow, crime and security all controlled from the police station opposite Carrefour.

€840m wins

News from our editions

ALICANTE and Murcia were among the top El Niño lottery regional winners with a total of €840 million paid out in the post-Christmas draw.

Cultural castle WORK is under way to redefine Orihuela Castle as a ‘major tourist attraction’ under the Heritage Act 2007.

Three hurt A WOMAN and two men were treated at Torrevieja Hospital after a crash at the roundabout of Urbanisation Pinomar, Guardamar and the N-332. All three were taken to Torrevieja Hospital.


Plain speaking BENISSA COUNCIL has announced two twice-weekly language courses for adults and children in Chinese and Russian. They are the languages of the future, said Alejandro Angel of Interlingua Services.

Green machines SAN VICENTE’S bicycle-sharing scheme prevented 5.2 tons of CO2 emissions last year. Over the last 12 months the bicycles were used 16,864 times and ridden 27,200 kilometres.

Clean sweep A CLEANER and her mother allegedly took jewellery worth €100,000 from the shop where the former worked. The younger woman was openly wearing a stolen necklace when arrested.

Top marks FIVE Calpe beaches monitored throughout last summer were pronounced ‘excellent’ by the regional government. The town hall’s Tourism department has pledged to continue the same high standards.

ORIHUELA ROUTE: Scooter and motorbike enthusiasts enjoyed a guided tour through historical areas. ORIHUELA resembled more of an Italian city as more than 100 old motorcycles and scooters took part in the Vespa Route. Organised by the Department of Tourism, the

route lasted around two hours, giving riders the chance to explore the most historical areas of Orihuela. A guide, who travelled with the group in a side-car, outlined the characteristics

of the church of Santas Justa y Rufina, Santiago Apóstol and the Santo Domingo church during three stops. The event was attended by owners of old mopeds as

well as members of clubs from La Murada, Redován and Murcia. This was the first Vespa Route, but the Department of Tourism is already working on new editions for 2013.

Pineapple plot

Parking plus

TWELVE alleged drug smugglers are on trial in Alicante City accused of smuggling 203 kilos of cocaine in pineapple shipments from Costa Rica. They each face a nine-year sentence if found guilty.

A €12 charge for residents’ parking permits in restricted blue zone areas of Almeria City has been ended by the council.


EU job aid

Flexible shifts

EU FUNDS of €253,000 will be used to promote job opportunities for unemployed people aged 16-24 in Axarquia towns with a population of less than 20,000.

PALMA COUNCIL employees are being offered more flexible workdays in response to the extra two-and-a-half weekly working hours for civil servants introduced by the central government last year.

Death free LAST year - the first for 12 years - saw no deaths of women from gender violence in Almeria Province.

Poison fire CARELESS handling of rat poison is thought to have started a house fire on Carretera de Almeria, Adra. No injuries were reported.

School change


Double bill THE local regulations on waste collection tax in Torrox are to be revised as several cases of duplicate bills were discovered last year, the town hall said.

Garden cash


Film reality THE Balearic Film Commission ‘will be a reality this year’, according to the Balearic Government’s Antonio Gomez.

Serious crash A TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD man was taken to Son Espases Hospital in Palma with head injuries after his car crashed into a wall in Santanyi on Monday.

Mature beauty

ALMOST €59,000 has been spent converting a former school in Cantoria into a multi-use hall by Almeria Provincial Government.

RESIDENTS will not have to pay for garden management in 10 areas of Velez and 19 in Torre del Mar as the town hall takes over and increases its investment from €1.2 million to €2 million.

MARGARIDA BESTARD, 86, beat 15 other mature females in the Miss Gent Gran beauty contest, which was held in Lloseta by the Gent Gran association.

500 protest

On foot only

Better not drink

FIVE HUNDRED people gathered in Almeria City to celebrate the Day of the Holy Family, which saw attendees demonstrating against abortion’s legal status.

CALLE DEL MAR in Velez is to be pedestrianised between Avenida de Andalucia and the beach promenade, says the town hall, but no dates for the work have been given.

A GROUP of customers at a Palma bar subdued a 46-year-old drunken Spanish man who had waved a semiautomatic gun at them before National Police arrived on the scene.

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Stat of week 4.8 million people were unemployed in Spain at the end of 2012, an increase of 426,364 on the start of the year.



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for newly-hired pilots by 40 per cent, and introduces measures to increase productivity. It also maintains the hierarchy between pilots and co-pilots which led to the last proposal being rejected and appealed before the National Court. It was annulled as it didn’t take the opinion of Iberia Express into account. Iberia said it was ‘shameful’ that the new agreement had been leaked and that the company and its pilots had had to hear of it in SALES of body-shaping underwear including the Press. bras, tights and girdles rose 80 per cent in The creation of Iberia the UK over Christmas and the New Year. Express led to strikes and Leading supermarket chain Asda reported flight cancellations. five million pairs of Shapewear tights were In November, Iberia sold in December, with three pairs per announced plans to lay off minute being sold in the run-up to New Year. 4,500 employees and reduce salaries by up to 35 per cent. SEPLA pilots recently signed an agreement VAT will not be increased government has no plans which will be used to again in 2013. This was to cut social benefits in negotiate the future of the pledged by the Minister of 2013 and that when company without strikes Economy, Luis de Guindos, possible, VAT, which was in and using voluntary in an address in which he general increased by 3 per dismissal plans to solve said this year will be better cent to 21 per cent in any excess of staff. than 2012. September 2012, would be An agreement should De Guindos also said the decreased again. be reached by January 31.

Undie sales shape up

VAT pledge for this year

Keeping fit with eye on finances

KEEPING FIT: Gyms are sound business.

FORGET the New Year resolutions to start keepfit regimes. It seems the keep-fit business is booming, with a mere 2 per cent of people admitting that they fail to use club memberships once they have resolved to join a gym. This finding, in a UK survey, puts a lie to the assumption that many consumers buy gym memberships and never use them. And research has also revealed that the budget health and fitness clubs sector has enjoyed the biggest growth in the past year, with this now worth in excess of £145 million (€181.25m), with club numbers rising from 73 to 142 between June 2011 and November 2012, an increase of 95 per cent. Around one in six UK adults use health and fitness clubs.


A down to earth Iberia pay deal NEW pilots joining Iberia - the Spanish national airline - are set to earn 40 per cent less than their colleagues. This follows an agreement proposed by arbitrator Jaime Montalvo, who was chosen to mediate between Iberia and staff following the creation of subsidiary company Iberia Express. The proposal confirms that the creation of Iberia Express is legal, reduces salaries





LINE-UP: Iberian planes at Madrid airport with one of the pilots (inset).



Court only solution in neighbourly dispute

Q. A NEIGHBOUR has moved his boundary wall on to our property. As a result of this move our property now suffers from flooding. We have had meetings and sent emails to the planning office, and their only response was that we ourselves should be ‘more neighbourly’. We have instructed three different lawyers during the past two years but they have been You and the unable to obtain any result Law in Spain from the planning office. By David Searl We have obtained two quotes for fixing the problem, one costing us €18,000 and the other €10,000. Our surveyor’s report states that, if the wall was moved back to its original position on the neighbour’s land, this would solve the flooding and would cost about €4,500. Clearly it is against the law to cause damage to another property by your building actions. We question why the planning office does not take action against our neighbour to remedy the situation. PF (Costa Blanca) A. Perhaps in your home country the local planning office has the authority to examine a situation like this and order the neighbour to put his wall back where it was. Indeed, this seems like the most logical and effective system. However, Spanish law regards your problem as a civil matter between two citizens. This means you must go to court against your neighbour. You will claim that he has illegally invaded your land and his structure has caused you problems with flooding. You have your surveyor’s report and any other evidence, such as photos, to back your claim. You will seek an order against him to remove the wall and compensate you for the damages suffered. You will also seek to have your legal and court costs paid. I am very surprised that none of your three lawyers pointed this out nor explained why the planning office did not act. Unless there is more to the story you are almost sure to win the case. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. or call 952 667 090.


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Stop the heavy-handed jobsworths! A NEW regime will stop heavyhanded regulation of firms, according to Business Minister Michael Fallon. Examples of a ‘jobsworth’ approach he wants stopped include a blue cheese manufacturer being told it could not have mould on its cheese.

£££ FOREIGN firms will be able to borrow up to £50 million (€61 million) from the UK government in

an effort to boost trade with British companies. In effect, the scheme guarantees payment to UK firms wanting to export to emerging markets.

SCOTLAND’S whisky industry has entered a golden age generating more than £4 billion (€4.91 billion) a year, research by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has revealed. The industry is worth £2.9 billion (€3.56 billion) with another £1.3 billion (€1.6 billion) generated through the supply chain, employing an estimated 36,000 people.




ritish usiness riefs

Tight purse strings, but handbag sales soaring fashion accessories grew 45 per HANDBAGS, as many discovered cent to reach a glitzy £2.2 billion this Christmas, are a girl’s best (€2.7bn) in 2012, with this friend. representing a 9 per cent increase For despite tightening purse between 2011 and 2012. strings, sales of handbags have Tamara Sender, Senior Fashion grown 104 per cent in the last five Analyst at Mintel, said: “In years, according to research into tough economic times, fashion accessories in the UK. accessories have proved Sales of handbags for 2012 popular among consumers. were just shy of £1 billion Strong and fickle fashion (€1.25 bn), up from £468 trends in accessories mean million (€585m) in 2007. that women tend to This proved Britain’s purchase multiple items love affair with and use them as a cheap handbags knows no way of updating their look. bounds, with sales increasing BEST FRIEND: Girls still going mad for handbags. 11 per cent between 2011 and “In fact, accessories last year, Mintel, the UK’s leading accessories - including handbags, have proved so popular among consumer retail research company, man-bags, costume jewellery, belts, consumers with value sales of both revealed. scarves, hats, ties and hair handbags and costume jewellery But it is not just handbags which accessories - have also shown growing at a stronger rate than are being snapped up by Britain’s impressive growth. clothing. fashion lovers, total sales of fashion In the last five years, sales of “Trends that have helped boost the market last year included clutches, metallic handbags, costume jewellery with spikes, big and bold earrings and fake jewel-encrusted bracelets.” In 2011, half of all British women bought at least one INSTAGRAM is facing a come into effect on referring to using photos bag, equivalent to an civil lawsuit as a result of January 16, mentioned for advertisements withimpressive 13.2 million changes it introduced to the power to sell users’ out compensation. women. While a third of its Terms of Service. photos without warning Facebook, which handbag buyers purchased The changes led to or compensation, and acquired Instagram several less expensive bags user protests and threats included a mandatory earlier this year for in the 12 months, one in to quit the photo-sharing arbitration clause, which US$715 million, has seven bought only one app. There is no opt-out forced users to waive denounced the lawsuit. expensive handbag. believe this option for current users, their rights to participate “We Research also shows that who can deactivate their in a class-action lawsuit complaint is without just under a quarter of profile, but lose the except under very merit and we will fight women did not buy a it vigorously,” stated rights to photos they had limited circumstances. fashion accessory in the previously uploaded. Instagram later de- Facebook spokesman last 12 months, and this The terms, due to leted some of the parts Andrew Noyes. rises to 46 per cent of men.

Instagram faces lawsuit over service-term changes

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FINANCE, BUSINESS & LEGAL One of the greatest issues which investors face is understanding risk. So many investors say they do not want to take any risk, or only a very low level, but in most cases they are only worried about how volatile an asset could be. They fail to consider other types of risk that could affect their capital and which can be planned for. With regards to investment risk, risk and reward go hand in hand and it is generally not possible to have one without the other. This does not stop investors desiring and looking for the best rewards while at the same time being determined to take on as little risk as possible. What often happens is that in their bid to keep risk to a minimum, they miss out on the potential for higher rewards. Rewards that would, for example, help improve their financial security through retirement. Rewards they could have earned at lower levels of risk than they expected if they had the right advice and strategies. Risk does not necessarily have to be viewed as a negative concept, but rather as an inherent part of higher reward. First, though, let us look at the types of risk you need to be aware of. Capital risk: The risk that prices will fall and your original



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Understanding Risk by Bill Blevins, Financia l Correspondent, Blevins Franks

investment will decline in value. Market risk: The possibility that market volatility will negatively affect your investments. Credit risk: The risk that a borrower (in the case of bonds) will default. Institutional risk: The risk that the financial institution managing your money, be it an investment house, insurance company or bank, will fail. Currency risk: The possibility of loss by not considering your spending currency. Liquidity risk: The possibility that you may not be able to sell your assets when you need the money, or that you will have to sell in a depressed market.

Inflation risk: The chance that your capital will decline in value as rising prices shrink the value of the currency it is invested in. Many savers and investors only consider whether they will lose money on their investments through price declines. However, you must also consider whether you will make ‘real’ returns above inflation. If not, you are effectively losing money. It has been very hard to achieve real returns with cash over recent years, and lower risk assets like government bonds do not offer much protection against inflation either. To aim to outpace inflation, you need to include assets higher up the risk scale like high yield bonds and equities in your portfolio. Longterm, equities have historically beaten inflation by a wide margin. Very low risk investments may protect you from market risk but will expose you to inflation risk. Keeping savings in cash also exposes you to institutional risk. You need to compare risk against risk (there is no such thing as ‘zero risk’) and establish which one represents

the greatest long-term threat. Then work to suppress it by accepting the lesser risks. In this scenario, risk is not a negative concept. The risk of doing nothing: Often, the greatest risk for investors, particularly those who rely on their savings in retirement, is doing nothing. Leaving all your savings on deposit and withdrawing the interest as income, completely exposes the capital value to inflation. The buying power of your money will be reduced over time. When planning your investments, investment risk obviously needs to be given importance, but so does the risk of missing out on potentially rewarding opportunities. Combating risk Milton Friedman, the celebrated economist, famously said: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” In other words, you cannot have rewards without risk. Another leading economist, Peter Bernstein, countered this with: “Diversification is the nearest an investor or business manager can ever come to a free lunch.”

The central idea of diversification is that almost all types of investment risk can be mitigated if you choose not to expose all your capital to any individual situation. Investment assets behave in different ways and respond to news, economic cycles, geopolitical situations and sentiment in varying degrees. By including a variety of asset classes in your portfolio, the risk is likely to be much lower than if you put all your money in one type of investment. Diversification is as much common sense as it is science. It takes a middle road through the highs and lows of market performance, giving your money the opportunity to grow over time and with fewer fluctuations along the way. Risk is part and parcel of investing and need not be feared as much as it is. It is an essential component in earning rewards. You should take expert advice from a wealth management firm like Blevins Franks on suitable strategies for your specific, personal, circumstances, time horizon and objectives. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website




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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -1.50 -0.39 -4.00 -0.33 -9.00 -0.51 -5.00 -0.48 -10.50 -0.52 -12.20 -0.91 -9.50 -1.18 -15.00 -0.95 -21.00 -0.70 1.60 0.41 -13.00 -1.29 -0.50 -0.14 10.60 3.83 -2.19 -0.21 -10.50 -0.48 -3.40 -0.75 26.14 0.82 1.00 0.17

NET VOLUME 216.79 17.58 39.01 15.00 197.25 58.55 363.21 54.64 100.45 798.88 58.24 307.30 11,264.66 467.11 342.08 2,329.97 274.45 73.62



PRICE(P) C O M PA N Y Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 382.00 Admiral Group PLC 1198.00 Aggreko PLC 1756.00 AMEC PLC 1031.50 Anglo American PLC 1990.75 Antofagasta PLC 1331.00 ARM Holdings PLC 792.25 Associated Brit Foods 1565.00 AstraZeneca PLC 2979.50 Aviva PLC 388.60 Babcock Intnal Group... 996.50 BAE Systems PLC 352.35 Barclays PLC 287.27 BG Group PLC 1035.50 BHP Billiton PLC 2171.50 BP PLC 450.12 British Amn Tobacco PLC 3201.75 British Land Co PLC 578.25


Units per €

United States $......................................................1.30293 Japan Yen ¥ ...........................................................114.344 Switzerland Francs................................................1.20893 Denmark Kroner ....................................................7.45890 Norway Kroner.......................................................7.31763 PRICE(P)


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MMM 3M Co 95.37 AA Alcoa Inc 9.26 AXP American Express Co 59.61 T AT&T Inc 35.23 BAC Bank of America Corp 12.11 BA Boeing Co 77.69 CAT Caterpillar Inc 94.92 CVX Chevron Corp 110.50 CSCO Cisco Systems Inc 20.48 DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and C... 45.73 XOM Exxon Mobil Corp 88.96 GE General Electric Co 21.20 HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co 15.14 HD Home Depot Inc 63.18 INTC Intel Corp 21.16 IBM International Business Machine... 193.99 JNJ Johnson & Johnson 71.55 JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co 45.36 MCD McDonald's Corp 89.85 MRK Merck & Co Inc 41.97 MSFT Microsoft Corp 26.74

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Most Advanced Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. DryShips Inc. Gevo, Inc. Double Eagle Petroleum Company China Biologic Products, Inc. Acme Packet, Inc. SolarCity Corporation EDAP TMS S.A. Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc.

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NET VOLUME 74.46 1,395.78 13.02 64.20 37.94 13.74 10.99 556.03 82.51 17.79



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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE Croda International PLC 2347.00 -17.00 Diageo PLC 1812.75 -12.00 Eurasian Nat Resources ... 306.40 2.54 EVRAZ PLC 278.30 0.30 Experian PLC 1028.50 -4.64 Fresnillo PLC 1775.50 -35.00 G4S PLC 262.45 -1.80 GKN PLC 235.75 -0.10 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1374.75 -6.50 Glencore Intnal PLC 376.80 -3.80 Hammerson PLC 497.10 3.60 Hargreaves Lansdown 719.75 -1.50 HSBC Holdings PLC 672.95 5.30 IMI PLC 1135.50 -6.00 Imperial Tobacco Gr PLC 2439.00 -3.28 InterContnntl Hotels Gr. 1767.50 -11.00 Intnal Consolidated ... 195.70 0.60 Intertek Group PLC 3177.50 -17.00 ITV PLC 108.90 0.40 Johnson Matthey PLC 2318.50 -17.00 Kazakhmys PLC 812.50 1.50 Kingfisher PLC 286.60 -1.16 Land Securities Gr PLC 831.25 2.00 Legal & General Gr PLC 151.80 0.70 Lloyds Banking Gr PLC 50.74 0.89 Marks & Spencer Gr PLC 375.25 -1.20 Meggitt PLC 412.20 5.80 Melrose Industries PLC 232.40 -1.30 National Grid PLC 703.25 -7.50 Next PLC 3898.50 -7.00 Old Mutual PLC 182.05 -0.50 Pearson PLC 1219.50 -2.00 Petrofac Ltd 1655.00 -5.00 Polymetal Intl PLC 1171.50 -1.00 Prudential PLC 918.50 0.50 Randgold Resources Ltd 5907.50 -60.00 Reckitt Benckiser Gr PLC 3937.50 -21.28 Reed Elsevier PLC 658.00 -2.50 Resolution Ltd 250.90 0.10 REXAM PLC 449.60 -2.00 Rio Tinto PLC 3594.00 -20.00 Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC 903.50 -14.00 Royal Bank of Scotland 339.80 6.10 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2201.50 -18.18 RSA Insurance Grp PLC 126.85 -0.51 SABMiller PLC 2906.00 -6.50 Sage Group (The) PLC 304.55 -1.40 Sainsbury (J) PLC 334.40 0.60 Schroders PLC 1802.00 -1.00 Serco Group PLC 551.00 -1.00 Severn Trent PLC 1596.00 -14.00 Shire PLC 1928.00 -1.12 Smith & Nephew PLC 683.00 -4.50 Smiths Group PLC 1213.00 -1.80 SSE PLC 1457.00 -9.85 Standard Chartered PLC 1647.50 14.00 Standard Life PLC 352.90 0.70 Tate & Lyle PLC 788.00 -2.00 Tesco PLC 351.67 2.35 TUI Travel PLC 286.85 0.00 Tullow Oil PLC 1262.50 -12.60 Unilever PLC 2404.50 -11.00 United Utilities Gr PLC 680.75 -4.00 Vedanta Resources PLC 1207.00 -7.00 Vodafone Group PLC 160.58 0.60 Weir Group PLC 1962.00 -9.00 Whitbread PLC 2522.50 -9.00 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 258.50 1.60 Wolseley PLC 3006.50 -10.00 Wood Group (John) PLC 740.75 -1.00 WPP PLC 920.75 -6.00 Xstrata PLC 1134.25 -12.50

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VOLUME 10.62 298.64 79.55 53.46 30.89 88.35 171.96 213.78 338.86 540.78 87.33 32.67 2,903.11 14.21 115.15 19.63 247.77 10.13 493.06 20.88 87.01 151.10 55.09 967.68 23,606.52 265.22 147.12 79.12 448.32 16.85 300.51 98.77 16.51 2.67 260.87 22.11 34.23 79.65 103.28 58.83 297.73 788.68 2,117.78 205.79 758.98 97.82 72.24 306.09 11.21 21.55 15.43 179.19 116.34 33.55 96.37 433.17 230.64 81.31 1,925.44 63.84 100.25 82.50 103.86 16.21 6,311.17 32.86 13.53 2,740.74 37.90 23.49 59.68 267.40

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‘Dadgets’ want latest hi-tech HIGH-TECH gadgets turned out to be the popular choice of ‘I want’ by fathers at Christmas. Consumer research prior to the festive buying season spelt out that fathers reign supreme in gadget ownership in Britain. Gone are the days when Christmas meant socks or after shave for the man-of-the-house, with the five most likely in demand ‘Dadget’ gifts for gadget-driven fathers in Britain identified as: • Smartphone, owned by 78 per cent of fathers, compared to 62 per cent of consumers overall • HD televisions, owned by 73 per cent, compared to 64 per cent overall • SatNav, owned by 52 per cent, compared to 45 per cent overall • Tablet computers, owned by 36 per cent, compared to 24 per cent overall • Blu-ray players, owned by 34 per cent, compared to 21 per cent overall. Meanwhile, home cinema




IZ Record year

GADGET MAD: Dads want electronic gizmos.

IT was a record year for banks in the US, just not one they would have wanted. Banks were fined a total of $10.7 billion (€8.1 billion), the highest annual figure, by US authorities, mostly for improper mortgage practices.

Smart Apple

systems, Smart TVs and 3D TVs were also in high demand. Paul Davies, Senior Technology Analyst at Mintel, the consumer research analysts with offices worldwide, said while generally young consumers help to prompt the growth of modern technology devices, “data shows that dads are representing a ‘second wave’ of ownership.

“With smartphones and tablets being two of the most popular devices with fathers, perhaps they are keener to buy additional devices in order to regain personal or private ownership of products, as their children start to compete for usage time.” In fact, the only gadgets that today’s technology-loving fathers are less inclined to buy

are the basic or standard versions of high-tech gadgets. Fathers are 9 per cent less likely to have a ‘basic’ mobile phone and 5 per cent less likely to have a standard definition TV. Furthermore, fathers are also more likely to upgrade to the latest high-quality Blu-ray player whilst fewer hang on to its predecessor, the more basic DVD player.

APPLE took 53.3 per cent of the US smartphone market in the three months since the launch of the iPhone 5.

Homes boost NEW home sales in the US rose 15 per cent year on year to the highest rate since April 2010 when sales were inflated by a temporary $8,000 (€6,000) tax credit for homebuyers.




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Now is time to start putting the coppers away for next Christmas YOU may be breathing a sigh of relief that Christmas spending is over, but if you’re the parent of a child you had better start saving for next Christmas right now. It seems traditional toys just don’t cut it any more. That’s right, kids nowadays, of all ages, are much more interested in technology in the form of a mobile phone or iPad. This Christmas my twoyear-old niece got a bundle of presents from Santa: a colouring book, paints, three fairytale books, a tea set and much more. She opened each present with the delight and excitement which only a two-year-old can conjure up, but after only five minutes of playing with her new toys she put them aside to

Loose change A look at finance for females

START SAVING: Children want ever more expensive presents.

Jane Plunkett jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. com

pick up the nearest mobile or to play Angry Birds on the iPad. She can turn on the television with the remote control, she can flick through photographs on the mobile phone and she can play games on the iPad. All these things she is fascinated by and if she was allowed, would spend hours doing. She’s not the only one. All the children I know are

entranced by technology. They sit glue-eyed to the telly. They whine if you

take the mobile phone from their hands and they would push buttons on the computer for hours rather than read a book.

Just the other day I saw a wooden laptop in a toyshop, which when opened, has a blackboard to colour on inside. And according to Mattel, the top-selling product in 2012 has been a mobile phone case. That suggests not only that traditional boardgames and toys just cannot compete with new exciting technology, but also that technology is taking up more and more of the children’s time, leaving less need for other toys. So does this spell the end of traditional toys? Will toddlers and children from now on be requesting a pricey tablet in their stocking rather than a Barbie doll or play truck? You’d better get saving!

Spain’s rich better off than a year ago SPAIN’S rich are now 8.4 per cent richer than a year ago. The 200 richest people in Spain have €145 billion between them, according to El Mundo special feature ‘Spain’s Greatest Fortunes’. In just 12 months, the stock exchange assets of Inditex owner Amancio Ortega, 76, have increased by 64 per cent. This, plus the real estate he owns, brings his fortune to €43 billion, which equals the assets of the other 99 on the stock exchange list put together. His company Zara is so successful that his ex-wife, Rosalia Mera, who owns just

the list of 100 fortunes not on the stock exchange, with €6 billion, thanks to his 78.37 per cent share of the supermarket chain. Roig says that Spain has a lot to learn from the effort made by Chinese bazaar owners and says that the Spanish have to either improve productivity or lower their quality of life. In March, Forbes magazine published the list of the world’s richest people, with 14 Spaniards on it who were worth more than €750 million. SPAIN’S RICHEST: 200 people have €145 billion between them. However, the El Mundo special under 7 per cent of it, is the Meanwhile, the founder of reveals there are 42 families in second richest person in Spain. Mercadona, Juan Roig, is top of Spain with more assets. The list only includes the net value of companies based in has been approved by a programme valued at battle. Hundreds of Spain which are US judge. about $600 million (€454 accidents and four deaths present on the The deal gives $500 million). were claimed to be a stock exchange, million (€378 million) in The settlement is the result of the alleged fault. but not what the cash, plus installation of largest in US history But the settlement does country’s richest override systems and a involving car defects, and not involve any admission own at a customer support follows a four-year legal of blame by Toyota. personal level.

Toyota’s billion dollar pay-out approved TOYOTA’S offer of a $1.1 billion (€832 million) settlement in a classaction lawsuit brought by consumers whose cars lost value due to sudden, unintended acceleration



Big gust to wind sales IBERDROLA has sold 32 wind parks in France to General Electric, MEAG and EDF for €400 million, by selling all of its share capital in Iberdrola Renovables Francia (IBRF).

Prices up SPAIN’S Consumer Price Index (CPI) ended 2012 at 2.9 per cent after remaining stable in December. Prices had peaked to 3.5 per cent in October before falling again.

Job fee A SCHOOL in Granada which was charging job applicants €190 each for an interview has been reported to the Junta de Andalucia which will decide whether this is legal.

Pension age FROM this year, in order to retire on a full pension, Spanish workers will have to be at least 65 years and a month old, unless they have worked 38.5 years.

Appy ending SEVEN hikers who got lost in Peñalara, Madrid, were rescued thanks to their mobile phones using Whatsapp to contact emergency services and GPS tracking to locate them.

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A sobering sip of New Year reality!

INITIALLY, New Year’s Eve was spent trying to forget about Crispin and how he had discarded my desires to spend it together. But lo and behold, I stumbled upon his Porsche in a Puerto Banus disco car park, and I have to admit that on entering the club, my mind raced as I

As I see it... Ana Jefferson-Smith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain automatically assumed the sad reality that he had chosen to spend the evening with his boozy

friends as opposed to me. Looking back, that would have been a positive compared to the reality.

Crispin was in fact dancing, very very provocatively, with another woman, with none of his normal group anywhere in sight! There he was, alone with a mystery blonde, with his hands caressing her slender body and stroking her pursing lips.


COMMENT Cardinal points “WE’RE up against the Church,” Don Quijote once said to Sancho Panza. Now it is Mariano Rajoy’s turn, as senior prelate Cardinal Rouco pressures him to reverse liberal social legislation. Many of the disillusioned, crisis-hit voters who brought Conservative Rajoy to power in November 2011 are not themselves Conservatives. And Rouco is on a loser, because Rajoy knows that alienating them is politically more risky than upsetting a cardinal.

The scapegoat THE Gurtel corruption case involving the PP will not be shelved, despite the defence’s claims that accusations were based on illegal bugging ordered by then judge, Baltasar Garzon. The government’s legal advisers replied that the Prosecution Department had already accumulated sufficient incriminatory evidence before the wiretaps. In the meantime, only one person has to date sat in the dock over Gurtel. And irony of ironies, it was Baltasar Garzon.

Judge bans sex for father of 9 A FATHER of nine who owes $90,000 (€68,000) in child support has been banned from having sex as a condition of probation by a US judge until he can financially support his nine children from six different women. *** FISHING rods lightweight, easy to spot in pick-up trucks and portable - are the most commonly stolen item in Texas, US police have revealed. ***

JUST FANCY THAT... SIXTEEN people were injured when a 33-tonne aquarium containing sharks, fish and turtles, burst in Shanghai, China. *** TWO sisters have been arrested in Florida, USA, after inadvertently pocket-dialling the hotel they had just robbed *** AUTHORITIES in Florida, USA, have

arrested a woman who set fire to a mattress while her ex-boyfriend slept on it with another woman. *** CHINESE fishermen using nets ‘caught’ a Porsche Cayenne 4x4 normally selling for more than $110,000 (€83,000). Police believe it had been submerged for two years.

*** A US BURGLAR ate food from the fridge and slept in the guest bed before fleeing with $500 (€375) worth of jewellery and a bottle of Jack Daniels from a house in Florida. *** TWO MEN have been arrested in California, USA, for stealing thousands of dollars worth of cooking grease from a McDonald’s restaurant to resell to recyclers to turn into biodiesel fuel.

I froze, unable to tear myself away from the dreadful truth unfolding in front of my eyes. How could he disrespect me in that way? I should have known that being whisked off one’s feet seldom happens in the real world, and was too good to be true for me. Clearly here was another woman - poor soul just like me - consumed by his masculinity, fooled by his words. Determined not to let him ruin my girls’ night out any more by remaining in the same club, I decided to leave, for by now it was 6.30am and the sun would soon be rearing its head over the horizon. So with our false eyelashes now jaunted and our pristine hair resembling a frizzy mess, we all retreated home to our respective beds. Not hungover the following morning, I wondered if what I had seen had truly happened. Had the man who encouraged the ‘L’ word into my mind three weeks ago just broken my heart? I had to privately admit to being crushed. And now there is the predicament of whether to accost him with what I had seen, should I wait for a confession, or merely refuse to answer any phone calls? Part of me wants to humiliate and expose him. But another side wants him to admit his sins and explain why he would risk hurting me so much. Why he appeared to treat me with such grace in the past, only to shatter my illusions of 2013 altogether. Only my dog Stella can comfort me now, and help me move on towards making 2013 start with happiness. She has always been a good listener.

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Losing and regaining driving licence points

Losing points

SINCE the Spanish penalty points’ More experienced drivers start with system for drivers was launched in 12, rising up to 15 if no offences 2006, four offences have been are made over a period of six years. identified as the - 93 per cent of those who attend courses to regain points are men, despite 42 per cent of Points are most common. drivers in Spain being women. lost for traffic According to the - 45 per cent of those taking courses are aged offences, DGT national traffic and when 26-40. They are followed by those aged 41-55 (25 per cent) and REMEMBER: authority, exceeding Turn on the hands-free. they reach 18-25 (23 per cent). the speed limit is A weekly focus aimed - Alcohol consumption is the most common offence among zero the the reason for losing at keeping expatriate readers licence is single drivers. Married people more frequently exceed the speed before they can take a special points in 42 per cent informed on various aspects of limit or use the phone while driving. awareness course (€320 fee), a suspended. of cases. Driving Life in Spain - Almost 94 per cent of those who took an educational theoretical test and a psychoWhen losing without a seat belt course said they would drive more safely after it. physical exam. Then they re-start points, drivers (13 per cent), using By Raul Candela with eight points. Should they lose can regain up to the mobile phone (9 Source: INTRAS traffic studies institute all their points again in the six points if they per cent) and following three years, there is a 12alcohol consumppass a traffic month driving ban (six if tion (9 per cent) are the other main educational course (costing €170), offence) reasons. which can only be done once every will have their points reinstated to professional). Drivers can check how many Unlike Britain, the Spanish points’ two years. 12 (or eight for new drivers). system is a totting-down process. Drivers who do not lose any When licence is suspended, points they currently hold at the Drivers with less than three years more points for between two and drivers have to wait six months following link (needs registration experience start with eight points. three years (depending on the (three if a professional driver) and NIE):

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A COMMON complaint among British expatriates and other foreign visitors is that shops in Spain are often closed between 1pm and 5pm. On Sundays it gets worse for shopaholics as in most places it is forbidden to open by law. So the end of the week can get very dull indeed if all you want to do is go shopping. However, especially since the financial crisis broke out, a new trend has seen many municipalities in Spain asking permission of regional governments for their businesses to open all hours. Some cities and towns had already been allowed to, as they were classified as an ‘area of major tourist affluence’. This is mostly seen in coastal resorts, where most of the foreign community live or spend their holidays.

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Who needs to go shopping on a Sunday? Areas of ‘major tourist affluence’ for 2013 - Costa del Sol: Manilva, Estepona, Fuengirola (to be confirmed), Malaga (to be confirmed), Mijas. - Almeria: Garrucha, Carboneras, Mojacar, Roquetas de Mar, Vera. - Axarquia: - Applications pending. - Costa Blanca: Alfaz del Pi, Altea, Alicante (Costa), Benidorm, Benissa, Benitachell, Calpe, Denia, El Campello, El Altet, Los Arenales, Finestrat, Gata de Gorgos, Guardamar del Segura, Javea, Ondara, Orihuela Costa, Pilar de la Horadada, Els Poblets, Rojales, San Fulgencio, Santa Pola, Teulada, Torrevieja, El Verger, Villajoyosa.

LOVELY SUNDAY: Spanish families enjoy a day out together on Sundays at the beach or in natural parks. But although business hours have become more flexible in these areas, they are not allowed to open 24/7 all year round, but only during those times of the year with more visitors (summer and Easter, mostly). Often it is mainly large shopping centres plus a few shops in tourist areas

QUESTION: We have been registered on the local padron in Calpe since 2008, now we are planning a move to a town in Tarragona. What should we do?

which take the chance to open longer. In fact, the Spanish Government ruled last summer that shops could open 90 hours a week (previously 72) on working days. But most small shops decided to stick to the old hours. Yes, it can be annoying to wait until 5pm during

weekdays for shops to open, especially for those who have not adapted to Spanish timetables. But, who needs shopping on Sundays? Remember, this is ‘sunny Spain’. Here, there is a very popular word that involves the concept of how Spaniards have traditionally seen Sundays: ‘el dominguero’. A rough translation could be ‘the Sunday driver’. Now this can sometimes be used as a mocking word to make

ANSWER: You should sign up on your new town council’s padron. When moving to a different autonomous community it is general practice that the old council is notified by the new town hall on

fun of those who only go out in their cars on Sundays. But there is nothing wrong in being a ‘dominguero’. In fact, it looks like the best choice for leisure on Sundays; going out, having some fresh air and sun, cooking a great lunch and tightening bonds with family and friends. Much better than shopping. Enjoy life to the full; you are living in Spain now.

DRIVERS can lose two, three, four or six points depending on the offence. A maximum of eight points can be lost in a day, except for very serious offences. These are some of the most common reasons: Six Points - Alcohol more than 0.50 mg/l (0.30 professionals and new drivers). - Consumption of drugs and other substances, or refusing to take an alcohol or drugs test. - Speeding at more than 50 per cent and at least 30kph over the limit, (that is 180kph on motorways, 135 on A and N roads with a limit of 90kph and 80 on urban roads). - Dangerous driving, for example driving the wrong way down one way streets and racing. Four Points - Driving on a motorway with a prohibited vehicle. - Driving with more than 50 per cent of authorised occupants. - Not obeying traffic officers’ signals. - Driving without the right licence. - Throwing dangerous objects, including cigarettes, from a vehicle. Three Points - Speeding by 30-40kph over the limit. - Changing direction illegally. - Failing to comply with the safe following distance. - Driving using a mobile (hands-free phone excluded). - Driving without a seat belt or helmet. Two Points - Speeding by 20-30kph over the limit. - Dangerous stopping or parking. - Driving with systems to avoid vigilance (speed radar warning) - Driving without lights at night.

your behalf. However, it may be advisable to send a copy of the padron certificate (volante) or an email notifying them of the move, to your old town hall.

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Travel agents take a fall BUSINESS fell 10 per cent in 2012 for travel agencies in Spain. According to the Travel Agencies Association, this is mainly due to the financial crisis making Spaniards think twice about going on holiday, as well as the rise in VAT last September. The first three months of the year were not too bad, the sector reports, but from April sales fell by 19 per cent, picked up a bit for the summer and then fell again at the end of the year.

But the central government reports that the Spanish have made 148.7 million holiday trips which is less than one per cent more than in 2011. In November, residents in Spain carried out 10.3 million trips, 6.8 per cent more than the same month in 2011. Trips abroad rose by 12.8 per cent while trips within Spain only rose by 6.3 per cent. Overnight stays in hotels in Spain fell 5.1 per cent in November,

Spanish flag removed from police stations THE Spanish flag has been removed from several regional police (Ertzaintza) stations in the Basque Country. Although the Security Department of the new Basque government has not ordered any flags to be removed from the Ertzaintza offices, they have been taken down in Eibar, Zumarraga and Beasain in Guipozcoa and Erandio in Vizcaya. This allegedly happened following a communiqué from the Human Resources department according to the unions representing the Ertzaintza. When the PSE-EE came to power in the Basque Country, it was decided that the Spanish flag would be placed in the entrance hall to the police stations with the European, Basque and Ertzaintza flags.

Ryanair denies they ‘force’ pilots to work RYANAIR has denied that its pilots fly even when they are sick or tired following declarations on Dutch TV. A spokesman for Ryanair pilots appeared on Dutch TV channel KRO claiming that cabin crew have to work even when they are unwell in order to ensure they get paid. A communiqué from Ryanair responded that in just one week, 169 pilots said they were

unfit to fly and were replaced. It also stated that every day, there are more than 200 pilots on stand-by in case they need to take the place of a colleague. Pilots also stated on Dutch TV that they were forced to fly with less fuel than they would like and the Dutch Pilots Association (VNV) recently demanded an investigation into Ryanair’s policies.


while apartments, campsite and rural destinations only saw 0.2 per cent fewer stays. The sector points out the need for tour operators to lower prices

and launch offers, but despite this happening, travel agencies are still suffering. HOLIDAYS: Spaniards are generally thinking twice about spending the money.


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Counting cost of taximen who are cheats ONCE again we have been ripped off by the taxi drivers. Today - my birthday - we went to Calahonda, had a great day, and took a taxi home to avoid drink driving. The charge was €17 for what is normally about €12. When we asked why, the taximan said: “Oh, it’s Sunday.” We need to have meters. These people need to be sorted out as expats will not come here to be taken advantage of. I lived here 28 years ago. Then there were three prices: one for tourists, another for the Englishspeaking expats living here, and a third rate for the Spanish. Today if they want to continue trying to have us over, they need to be fair, because expats will go somewhere else. I really have had enough. John Nesbitt (By email)

Editor's note: This letter was received prior to publication of the article Fare’s fair with taxi rates (Issue 1435).

Illegal route I READ the feature Registering an imported car in Spain (Issue 1431) with interest. My neighbour, who has lived in Spain for nine years, has had the same car with him - on British plates - since the day he arrived. He has NEVER driven back to the UK, he has NEVER taken it for a local ITV test, and he NEVER tries to avoid any police. The reason: because he has a friend who owns a garage in the UK, who sends him a new MOT slip, or test certificate, upon request, without ever seeing the vehicle. Clearly yet more criminal behaviour by the Brits here in Spain. A law-abiding Brit Name and address supplied (Almeria)

Parking issue I HAVE been looking for the traffic rule that states: ‘When you put your hazard warning lights on you can park in a disabled bay without a blue badge.’

Snapped! By Phil Holman, Mijas Costa, Malaga

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10 - 16 January 2013 Costa del Sol registered, we have enjoyed the tacit acceptance of the town hall and the police, because by dint of immaculate book-keeping we have proved regularly that our money was used for vet bills and food for our animals. However, in December, a new law came into place, and our group can no longer function. Linda will keep the Paws telephone open (646 645 035). She is still willing to assist anyone wanting to pay for a feral cat neutering at a reduced rate. On behalf of PAWS, La Marina (Alicante)

Editor’s note: The closure ‘PAWS to shut after 7 years’ was reported in Costa Blanca South (Issue 1435).

Pet run down THIS bird regularly visits my garden in winter, but I cannot find out what it is. About the same size as a robin it has a black breast and colours on the underside of its tail.


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Apart from ordinary cars I have noticed vans and delivery lorries that do this. Surely if there is NOT a rule to allow this, an easy solution would be for the police to clamp them. If this were to happen and the word started spreading, unauthorised vehicles would not park in the bays. At the moment I have a fractured hip and it is so frustrating having to try to get parked near where I need with all the disabled spaces illegally taken. Mick Scarles, Javea (Alicante)

Better care WHEN I went to my doctor in England with a huge lump in my breast I was told to go away as there was ‘nothing wrong with me.. When I saw a doctor in Spain I was sent for a mammogram and then a scan and then for a biopsy. I had two tumours and a month later had an operation to remove them. For the past four-and-a-half years they have been taking care of me.

Without the Spanish health service I would have died. So thank you for giving me my life back. The health care here is so much better than in England. People are always ready to complain but forget how much the Spanish do for their guests. Elaine Wheeler, Torremolinos (Malaga)

Gasmen alert IT’S that time of year again, the bogus gasmen are about in Mijas. For those people who don’t know, these men look official and even have ‘ID’. But don’t be fooled. They knock on the door, say they need to check your gas system and then charge you hundreds of euros for €10 worth of work. I learned the lesson the hard way when I first moved to Spain and it cost me €300. Never let them in. If you need a check-up call your local gas company and make an appointment. Chris Adams, Mijas (Malaga)

Rescue demise IT is with great sadness we have to announce the demise of Paws Animal Rescue. Although our small group, operating in La Marina (Elche, Alicante) for seven years, has never been fully

RECENTLY I watched in horror as a driver in a white van ran over my family pet as I stood by the roadside waiting for him to cross. The driver did not stop, leaving me traumatised with my beloved pet dying in my arms. Mrs A Francis, Velez Rubio (Almeria)

Think again IN the letter headed ‘Not Guilty’ (Issue 1344) stating how her husband had claimed UK Winter Fuel Allowance for the first time this year, Maggie stated: “I will certainly be claiming mine next year.” Well, sorry to disappoint you, Maggie, but it is only one allowance per household unless, of course, you live in separate houses. Not Yet Claimed (By email)

Warm thanks ON reading the article about winter fuel payments for British pensioners (Issue 1414), I wrote to the Pension Service Winter Fuel Team and have since received two back payments and this year’s allowance. Many thanks. Heather (By email)

Crispin hope! AM I alone in hoping that the nauseating Crispin (‘As I See It’ Issue 1435) turns out to be married with four kids and the carrier of a sexually transmitted disease? Jon Allso Valencia

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Bring down the curtain on showbiz star witch-hunts LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT STAR STRUCK: Young girls were drawn to showbiz personalities. women in their 20s at the time of the alleged assault, he has had his home ransacked (very publicly) by an overly enthusiastic plod, been dropped from an appearance on TV show Big Brother and now finds his whole future on the line, and he hasn’t even been arrested. It is almost beyond belief that a mere accusation of wrongdoing can cost someone thousands in earnings

or to lose their livelihood whether guilty or not! Another much-loved, to date unnamed, performer is at this moment under observation in a clinic after almost suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of once again unsubstantiated accusations being levelled against him. Heaven help me, even I have been searching the deep reaches of my memory as to whether any

of the seemingly endless supply of young girls, eager to exchange sexual pleasures with me or my band members was underage or not. It’s ridiculous in the extreme. It is almost as though the authorities were getting their own back on the showbiz people who were offered these pleasures. Back in those days, many of the present older members of these various

departments did, I’m sure, seethe with jealousy as their peers were reported indulging in those ‘swinging’ activities while they were stuck in the not so privileged corners of their own careers. What better way to create a ‘he who laughs last’ situation by finally bringing down those who were the objects of their jealousy? Don’t dismiss this idea as typical Leapy ranting. Some people harbour this type of resentment for years; don’t be naïve enough to think there’s no chance of it lingering in a maggoty mind somewhere out there. Broken any New Year resolutions yet? Mine are already in smithereens. Ah well, there’s always 2014! Keep the Faith Love Leapy

Bear saved AN ONLINE campaign has saved a 500lb black bear from being destroyed after it made continued trips to a Los Angeles, USA, neighbourhood. The local community has already raised half of the $250,000 (€188,000) needed to create a secure six-acre habitat home for him.

A rum do


T’S time these disgraceful McCarthystyle showbiz witchhunts were stopped in their tracks. The treatment by the authorities of artistes, whose careers are being wrecked by nothing more than hearsay and accusations by any female who decides to walk into a police station or talk to a newspaper, reeks of Big Brother. And it is being coupled with an irresponsible media frenzy we should all be ashamed of. Why is it that showbiz folk are considered fair game? Just because they are in the public eye doesn’t mean they don’t have loved ones at home, families whose lives are being traumatised by these often wild accusations, none of which have so far been substantiated. At the time of writing Jim Davidson is the latest to feel this unbelievable clodhopping weight of plod and publicity, an unacceptable situation which could ruin his career. Accused by two


RESEARCHERS in Brazil claim to have found a faster way to age Cachaca, a spirit similar to rum, by zapping it with gamma radiation, as opposed to ageing it in barrels. However, it’s too expensive to do on an industrial scale, with each radiation machine costing around £2.2 million (€2.7 million).





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7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am Igam Ogam 7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr. Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Milkshake Monkey 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 The Mentalist

6:15pm Antiques Roadshow Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Heir Hunters 9:00pm Stargazing Live Astronomy special hosted by Brian Cox and Dara O Briain. 10:00pm Stargazing Live 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 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 Chas fears for her life as her stalker becomes violent. 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale Chas is stunned when her stalker's identity is revealed. 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 The Jonathan Ross Show

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 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 9:00pm Location, Location, Location 10:00pm The Restoration Man It was love at first sight when theatre producer Vanessa Ford Robbins and her partner Nik Huddy saw Longhurst Lodge, a Victorian gate lodge nestled on the boundaries of a country estate in Surrey. 11:00pm Gypsy Blood Gypsy Blood examines the violent culture that some gypsy and traveller fathers hand on to their sons. Filmed over two years by award-winning photographer Leo Maguire, Gypsy Blood is an intimate portrait of two gypsy families, their fight for respect and the price they pay in cycles of revenge that can erupt into sudden and terrifying violence.

4:15pm Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story Drama based on a true story. A woman resorts to desperate measures to prove that her late daughter, who was thought to have died in an apartment fire six years earlier, is still alive after spotting a girl who bears a striking resemblance to her. She sets out to acquire a sample of the girl's DNA to prove that she is her child. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Andy Bates' Street Feasts 7:00pm Home and Away Things are awkward at the Walker house after the argument the night before. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Benidorm ER Documentary series. 9:00pm Great Northern Cookbook 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest events inside the Celebrity Big Brother house. 11:00pm Bizarre Burials Documentary exploring the variety of strange and sensational ways to make your mark when you die, from themed funerals and aeroplaneshaped coffins to death masks and ashes tattooed onto loved ones.

12:45am The Golden Rules of TV 1:10am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Tonight 4:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:20am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:40am Random Acts 12:45am The Undateables Looking for love can be tricky, but some find it harder than others. 1:45am Millionaire Boy Racers 2:40am The Horse Hoarder Pensioner Clwyd Davies harbours a compulsion to hoard horses. 3:05am Dispatches Dispatches reveals the secrets of car insurance that all drivers should know. 3:35am Time Team 4:30am The Churchills 5:25am 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 Homeimprovement series. 5:20am Divine Designs Art historian Dr Paul Binski examines some of Britain's most fascinating works of religious art. 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challengef


10:30pm The Polar Bear Family and Me

12:20am Darts Colin Murray introduces highlights from the night's men's best-of-9 set quarter-finals. 1:10am Darts 3:10am BBC News 5:00am Make a Musical

BBC4 8:00pm BBC World News The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm The Sky at Night 9:00pm She-Wolves: England's Early Queens 10:00pm Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork 11:00pm Metroland 11:50pm The Golden Age of Trams: A Streetcar Named Desire 12:50am The Riviera: A History in Pictures 1:50am Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World 2:50am Hotel Deluxe Documentary about the world of hotels for the super rich. 3:50am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Brainiac: Science Abuse 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am A League of Their Own 10:30am A League of Their Own 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm A League of Their Own 3:30pm A League of Their Own 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Got to Danceauditions. 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm A League of Their Own 10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles

12:00am Cop Squad 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Brit Cops - Frontline Crime 2:55am Road Wars 3:45am Road Wars 4:35am Crash Test Dummies 5:00am Stargate SG1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:40am Prom 7:25am Take Me Home Tonight 9:15am American Pie 2 11:15am Bad Teacher 1:05pm Johnny English Reborn 3:00pm How Do You Know 5:15pm No Strings Attached 7:15pm American Pie 2 9:00pm Johnny English Reborn 10:45pm Bad Teacher 12:25am Project X 2:00am The Pool Boys 3:30am No Strings Attached 5:20am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:25am A Valentine's Date 7:00am The Adjustment Bureau 8:50am Love, Wedding, Marriage 10:30am Stay Cool 12:10pm Jane Eyre 2:15pm That Thing You Do! 4:10pm Movie Special 4:30pm Country Strong 6:30pm The Help 9:00pm Jane Eyre 11:00pm The Adjustment Bureau 1:00am Rabbit Hole 2:40am Country Strong 4:40am That Thing You Do!

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:25am Rapid Fire 6:10am X-Men: First Class Special 6:40am Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows Special 7:00am Flight of the Phoenix 9:00am X-Men: First Class 11:15am Spider-Man 2 1:25pm Batman

Begins 3:50pm Battle: Los Angeles 5:50pm Colombiana 7:45pm X-Men: First Class 10:00pm Spider-Man 2 12:15am Batman Begins 2:40am Your Highness 4:25am Priest 5:55am Fantastic Voyage

TCM 6:00am The Hill 8:05am The High Chaparral 9:10am The High Chaparral 10:15am Bandolero! 12:15pm Men of The Fighting Lady 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm The Longest Day 7:35pm Taras Bulba 10:00pm 16 Blocks 11:50pm River of Death 1:55am Valley of the Dolls 4:05am 16 Blocks





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4:55am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Wanted Down Under 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm 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 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 Jonnie Irwin heads to Norfolk to help a house buying couple find their ideal rural home. 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 The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm A Question of Sport 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Room 101 10:00pm Silent Witness 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show

12:25am The Village 2:05am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:10am Who Do You Think You Are? 3:10am Queen Victoria's Children Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage. 4:10am Question Time David Dimbleby chairs the first Question Time of 2013, from Lewisham in south London. 5:10am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes 8:10pm Doctor Who Science fiction drama. 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey Gavin starts his new job in Cardiff and Stacey is thrilled to be at home again. 9:30pm Gavin and Stacey Stacey is trying for a new job whilst ensuring that Gavin sticks to his recent promise. 10:00pm World's Craziest Fools 10:30pm Pramface 11:30pm EastEnders The fallout continues in Albert Square. 12:00am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 1:00am Family Guy 1:25am Family Guy 1:45am American Dad! 2:10am American Dad! 2:30am World's Craziest Fools 3:00am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 3:55am Stacey Dooley Investigates


Channel 4

Channel 5

6:00am Compose Yourself 6:25am Curious Cat 7:35am Homes Under the Hammer Series featuring properties sold via auction. 8:35am Rip Off Britain More holiday horror stories resolved by Gloria Hunniford, Angela Rippon and Julia Somerville. 9:20am Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 9:50am Badman's Territory Western set in the 1890s. 11:25am Bombardier 1:00pm The Daily Politics Andrew Neil with the latest political news, interviews and debate. 2:00pm Darts

5:20am ITV Nightscreen 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 More lunchtime chat and fun with the girls. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:25am Deal or No Deal 6:20am Countdown 7:05am Sali Mali Sali Mali and Jackdaw have fun with a camera. 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:05am Will and Grace 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Australia 12:00pm A Place in the Sun 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 1:35pm Kirstie's Handmade Treasures 1:40pm I Was Monty's Double 3:40pm Countdown

8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Milkshake Monkey 9:50am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Trisha 1:00pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:05pm Looney Tunes 1:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Reza, Spice Prince of India 3:10pm CSI: Miami

5:15pm Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Heir Hunters Series following the work of probate researchers as they search for heirs of people who have died without a will. The heir hunters try to crack the case of Brian Yanchuk who died in Milton Keynes in 2004. 9:00pm Mastermind John Humphrys asks the questions as the hunt continues for the nation's Mastermind. 9:30pm Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein Plantswoman Carol Klein shares with us a year in her garden at Glebe Cottage in North Devon. 10:00pm Italy Unpacked 11:00pm QI Quiz show. Stephen Fry looks at jollity with Julia Zemiro, Tim Vine, Rob Brydon and Alan Davies. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Emily Maitlis.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal David and the team are in Mansfield where John Parker has his eye on an art deco mirror. 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 Jimmy is forced to make a hard decision. 8:30pm Coronation Street Kylie deals Nick a shocking blow. Stella's revelation leaves Karl confused. 9:00pm Wild Britain with Ray Mears Ray Mears explores the ancient woodlands and forests on the Isle of Wight. 9:30pm Coronation Street Can Nick hold it together? Karl confronts Sunita. Carla is suspicious of Rob. 10:00pm Great Night Out 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm The Specialist

4:30pm Face the Clock Rory Bremner challenges six contestants to answer questions against The Clock. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal Can one of the players outwit The Banker and walk away with hundreds of thousands of pounds? 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 9:00pm First Time Farmers 10:00pm 16 Kids and Counting 11:00pm Rude Tube

4:15pm Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder Murder mystery. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Andy Bates' Street Feasts 7:00pm Home and Away Dex reveals to Romeo that he feels constrained by his dad's expectations. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm The World's Biggest Bomb: Revealed 9:00pm Ice Road Truckers 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother 11:00pm Celebrity Wedding Planner: Celebrity Big Brother Special

12:00am The Review Show 12:50am Darts Colin Murray introduces highlights from the remaining quarter-final men's matches. 1:40am Darts 3:40am BBC News

1:35am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 3:35am That's Carry on 5:10am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

1:10am The New Normal 1:40am Random Acts Channel 4's nightly short-form arts strand. 1:45am The Ricky Gervais Show 2:15am The Ricky Gervais Show 2:45am Bob's Burgers 3:05am Bob's Burgers 3:30am Glory Daze 4:15am St. Elsewhere The hospital generator fails during a city-wide blackout. 5:00am Deal or No Deal 5:55am Countdown

BBC4 8:00pm BBC World News The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Lang Lang Live at the Roundhouse 9:20pm Lang Lang: The Art of Being a Virtuoso The Chinese pianist Lang Lang is considered the world's top classical music star. 10:15pm Imagine... Alan Yentob gains an insight into the creative world of Shirley Bassey. 11:15pm Shirley Bassey at the BBC January 2013 sees one of Britain's alltime great voices turn 76. 12:15am Legends: Petula Clark 1:15am The Sound of Petula Clark Petula Clark presents and stars in her own show from 1973, with backing singers and dancers. 1:45am Imagine... 2:40am Shirley Bassey at the BBC 3:45am Legends: Petula Clark



2:45am Bob’s Burgers

12:00am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am Motorsport Mundial The latest motor racing action from around the world. 5:20am Divine Designs Art historian Dr Paul Binski examines some of Britain's most fascinating works of religious art. 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Brainiac: Science Abuse 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am A League of Their Own 10:30am A League of Their Own 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm A League of Their Own 3:30pm A League of Their Own 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 The Simpsons 9:30pm John Bishop's Only Joking 10:00pm Stella

11:00pm A League of Their Own 12:00am Spartacus: Vengeance 1:15am Road Wars 1:45am Brit Cops - Frontline Crime 2:45am NCIS: Los Angeles 3:45am NCIS: Los Angeles 4:35am Crash Test Dummies 5:00am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:20am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 7:00am Wild Hogs 8:55am Dunston Checks In 10:30am Little Fockers 12:15pm Love and Other Drugs 2:15pm Horrible Bosses 3:55pm Eurotrip 5:30pm Wild Hogs 7:15pm Little Fockers 9:00pm Horrible Bosses 10:40pm Analyze This 12:30am Analyze That 2:10am Eurotrip 3:45am Love and Other Drugs 5:40am Dunston Checks In

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 4:40am That Thing You Do! 6:40am Movie Special 7:00am Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 8:50am The Butcher's Wife 10:40am Romeo and Juliet 12:45pm The Conspirator 2:50pm Life as We Know it 4:50pm Mother and Child 7:00pm The Tempest 9:00pm Anonymous 11:15pm Romeo and Juliet 1:20am Life as We Know it 3:20am Boys Don't Cry 5:25am The Tempest

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:55am Fantastic Voyage 7:40am Tracker 9:25am Paycheck 11:25am Green Lantern 1:20pm Haywire 2:55pm Batman 5:05pm Batman Returns

7:15pm Rush Hour 9:00pm Green Lantern 11:00pm Haywire 12:45am The Recruit 2:45am The One 4:25am Invasion U.S.A.

TCM 6:00am Taras Bulba 8:10am The High Chaparral 9:15am The High Chaparral 10:15am The Longest Day 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Prisoner of War 5:35pm Thunder Over the Plains 7:15pm The Spider Woman 8:25pm We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company 10:00pm Band of Brothers 11:15pm Band of Brothers 12:25am Ned Kelly 2:20am Marlowe 4:10am Ned Kelly





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5:10am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live James Martin hosts the live cooking show, with help from top chefs Peter Lloyd and Adam Byatt. 12:30pm The Good Cook 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 Brazil: Welcoming the World 2:30pm Bargain Hunt 3:30pm Darts

4.00pm - midnight

Channel 4

3:40am BBC News 7:00am The Hitch-Hiker Dark thriller based on incidents from the life of mass murderer William Cook. 8:15am On Dangerous Ground 9:35am The Armored Car Robbery Crime caper. 10:40am The Sky at Night 11:00am A History of Britain by Simon Schama 12:00pm Meet The Ancestors 12:30pm Map Man 1:00pm Indian Food Made Easy 1:30pm Talking Pictures 2:15pm Scott of the Antarctic

7:00am Handy Manny 7:10am Handy Manny 7:25am The Hive 7:35am The Hive 7:40am Dino Dan 7:55am Dino Dan 8:05am Almost Naked Animals 8:15am Almost Naked Animals 8:30am Almost Naked Animals 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 Saturday Cookbook 1:20pm ITV News and Weather 1:25pm Columbo 2:55pm My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 3:55pm Hulk

5:55am Countdown 6:40am Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Beach 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 2:00pm The Simpsons 2:30pm Channel 4 Racing

4:00pm Coast 5:00pm Stargazing Live Dara O Briain and Professor Brian Cox celebrate the night sky. 6:00pm Stargazing Live 7:00pm Stargazing Live Astronomy special hosted by Brian Cox and Dara O Briain. 8:00pm Flog It! 9:00pm Dad's Army Classic wartime sitcom. 9:30pm Fawlty Towers Classic sitcom about a Torquay hotel run by a disaster-prone snob and his overbearing wife. 10:00pm QI XL Quiz show. Stephen Fry looks at jollity with Julia Zemiro, Tim Vine, Rob Brydon and Alan Davies. 10:45pm Oranges and Sunshine

6:30pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 6:45pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm Splash! 9:30pm Take Me Out Paddy McGuinness plays cupid once again as the fifth series of the dating show continues. 10:45pm The Jonathan Ross Show 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 7:30pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:55pm 8:00pm Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Shawn Levy's fantasyadventure sequel again stars Ben Stiller and impressive CGI effects. 10:00pm World Without End 11:55pm The 51st State


5:30pm Final Score 6:15pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 6:25pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 6:30pm Animal Antics From criminal cats to piano-playing pugs, this is the news as it has never been seen before. 7:00pm Richard Hammond's Secret Service 7:45pm Britain's Brightest 9:00pm The National Lottery: In It to Win It 9:50pm Casualty 10:40pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:10pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 11:30pm Match of the Day


12:50am The Football League Show 2:05am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:10am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel 8:10pm Merlin Fantasy period drama based on the King Arthur legend. 8:55pm Doctor Who Science fiction drama. 9:40pm Top Gear Motoring show. 10:40pm Armageddon 1:05am Family Guy 1:30am Family Guy Animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 1:50am American Dad! 2:15am American Dad! 2:35am Pramface Comedy series about two teenagers trying, and often failing, to come to terms with parenthood. 3:35am Russell Howard's Good News 4:05am World's Craziest Fools 4:35am Live at the Electric

12:25am Darts 1:15am Sugarhouse Thriller. Tom is a middle-class city boy whose life has reached breaking point.

BBC4 8:00pm Lost Land of the Tiger 9:00pm A History of Art in Three Colours Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred our emotions, changed the way we behave and even altered the course of history. 10:00pm Borgen 11:00pm Borgen 12:00am Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 Documentary chronicling our everchanging love affair with the British singles chart on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. 1:30am Ultimate Number 1s at the BBC 2:30am The Joy of the Single 3:30am Sounds of the 70s Exploring the musical culture of the 70s. 4:00am A History of Art in Three Colours

Channel 5 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 12:20pm Celebrity Big Brother 1:15pm The All New Gadget Show 2:20pm Brave Warrior 3:50pm Mutiny on the Bounty

7:10pm Attack on the Iron Coast 8:50pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 8:55pm NCIS 9:50pm NCIS US drama series based on the work of the navy's dedicated federal agency. 10:45pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest events inside the Celebrity Big Brother house. 11:45pm 50 Shocking Facts About Diet and Exercise

Ben Stiller

8:00pm - Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

12:00am Beowulf Digitally rendered epic based on the Old English poem of the same name. 2:05am The Store 3:20am In Plain Sight 4:05am Pushing Daisies Quirky US drama about a man who can bring the dead back to life. 4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

1:45am Pan's Labyrinth 3:45am Hollyoaks Omnibus Mercy wreaks havoc when she jumps to the wrong conclusion. 5:50am Smallville Drama series following the teenage years of the future Superman, Clark Kent.

12:45am Comedy Kings 1:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am Michaela's Wild Challenge 5:20am The Great Artists 5:50am Rough Guide to Journeys Highlights of the travel series presented by Julia Bradbury and Toby Amies.

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 8:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 8:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 11:00am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm Got to Dance 1:30pm Got to Dance 2:00pm Got to Dance 2:30pm Got to Dance 3:00pm Got to Dance 3:30pm Neverland: Part 1 (Part 1 of 2) 5:10pm Life of PI Special 5:30pm Treasure Island 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm John Bishop's Only Joking 9:00pm Galapagos with David Attenborough 10:00pm Stella 11:00pm Species II 12:50am Street Crime UK 1:20am Street Crime UK 1:50am Street

Crime UK 2:20am Street Crime UK 2:50am Street Crime UK 3:20am Street Crime UK 3:50am Street Crime UK 4:20am Dog the Bounty Hunter 4:50am Futurama 5:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:40am Dunston Checks In 7:10am Shanghai Noon 9:05am The Big Year 10:45am Junior 12:35pm Friends with Benefits 2:25pm Jack and Jill 4:00pm 30 Minutes or Less 5:25pm The Big Year 7:10pm Junior 9:00pm Jack and Jill 10:35pm Friends with Benefits 12:30am 30 Minutes or Less 1:55am Shanghai Noon 3:50am White Men Can't Jump 5:45am Snow Dogs


Impossible Ghost Protocol 2:55pm Safe House

5:25am The Tempest 7:20am Like Dandelion Dust 9:10am I Don't Know How She Does it 10:50am Water for Elephants 12:55pm The Terminal 3:10pm City of Angels

4:55pm Collateral Damage 6:55pm Sahara 9:00pm Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 11:15pm Safe House

5:10pm Red Riding Hood 6:55pm Water for Elephants 9:00pm I Don't Know How She Does it 10:40pm Moneyball

1:15am Collateral Damage 3:10am Black Hawk Down 5:40am Twister

1:00am The Stepford Wives 2:40am The Company Men 4:30am 4 Wedding Planners

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:25am Invasion U.S.A. 6:30am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special 7:00am Fortress 8:45am Tomorrow, When the War Began 10:40am Twister 12:40pm Mission:

TCM 6:00am Elmer Gantry 8:35am The High Chaparral 9:40am The High Chaparral 10:40am The Philadelphia Story 12:45pm Prisoner of War 2:20pm Thunder Over the Plains 4:00pm Escape from Fort Bravo 5:55pm Rider on a Dead Horse 7:25pm The Magnificent Seven 10:00pm Passenger 57 11:35pm Showdown in Little Tokyo 1:05am The Ultimate Warrior





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2:10am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast 8:40am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am The Big Questions 12:00pm Sunday Politics Andrew Neil and Tim Donovan with the latest political news, interviews and debate. 1:25pm Countryfile 2:25pm Bargain Hunt 3:25pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country.

4.00pm - midnight 4:25pm Chatsworth 5:25pm Songs of Praise 6:00pm Africa 7:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team. 7:20pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 7:30pm Blandings Comedy series based on the stories by PG Wodehouse. 8:00pm Countryfile Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury head to the Hertfordshire countryside. 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow 10:00pm Ripper Street 11:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:20pm BBC London News 11:25pm Match of the Day 2

12:25am Room 101 Extended edition of Room 101. 1:05am The Celebrity Apprentice USA American version of the business-based competition. 2:30am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:35am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Growing Up Poor 9:00pm Up 10:30pm World's Craziest Fools 11:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 12:00am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy. 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:45am American Dad! Animated series from the creator of Family Guy about Stan Smith, who works for the CIA. 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am World's Craziest Fools 2:00am Olympics 2012 3:00am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 4:00am Being Human Supernatural comedy-drama series.


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Channel 5

7:05am I Remember Mama 9:15am Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 9:45am A to Z of TV Gardening 10:30am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00pm EastEnders Omnibus The fall-out continues in Albert Square. 1:55pm Masters Snooker

4:50am ITV Nightscreen 7:00am Handy Manny 7:25am The Hive 7:35am The Hive 7:40am Dino Dan 8:05am Almost Naked Animals 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! Mysterious Egg 10:25am ITV News 10:30am There's No Taste Like Home 11:25am Dinner Date 12:25pm May the Best House Win 1:25pm Dickinson's Real Deal 2:25pm Rosemary and Thyme 3:25pm ITV News and Weather 3:30pm Sparkling Cyanide

5:50am Smallville 6:30am Countdown 7:15am The Hoobs 7:40am The Hoobs 8:05am Will and Grace 8:30am Everybody Loves Raymond After hurting themselves during an intimate moment, Ray and Debra say they fell down the stairs. 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Frasier 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:05pm The Big Bang Theory 1:40pm The Big Bang Theory 2:10pm The Big Bang Theory 2:40pm The Simpsons 3:10pm The Simpsons 3:40pm Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

8:40am City of Friends 8:55am Little Princess 9:05am Mio Mao 9:10am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:40am Castle Farm 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 12:10pm Meerkat Manor 12:40pm Celebrity Big Brother 1:40pm Once Upon a Time 2:40pm Little Man

6:00pm Ski Sunday Ski Sunday returns with Graham Bell and Ed Leigh. 6:45pm Darts In 2012, Dutchman Christian Kist won a thrilling Lakeside final against England's Tony O'Shea. 9:00pm The Battle for Malta 10:00pm Tankies: Tank Heroes of World War II 11:00pm Speed Dreams: The Fastest Place on Earth

5:30pm All Star Family Fortunes 6:15pm You've Been Framed! 6:45pm London Tonight 7:00pm ITV News and Weather 7:15pm Dancing on Ice 8:45pm All Star Family Fortunes 9:30pm Dancing on Ice Find out which two couples will battle it out in the skate off. 10:00pm Mr Selfridge 11:00pm ITV News and Weather 11:15pm The Constant Gardener

5:25pm Deal or No Deal 6:25pm Time Team 7:25pm Channel 4 News 7:55pm 8:00pm Come Dine with Me 9:00pm The Hotel 10:00pm Unknown

4:25pm Mannequin 6:10pm Loch Ness 7:55pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 8:00pm Bulletproof Monk 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest events inside the Celebrity Big Brother house. 11:00pm Over Her Dead Body


10:00pm - Unknown

Botanist Dr Martin Harris is attending a science conference in Berlin when he realises he's left his papers at the airport and jumps in a cab and sets off to retrieve them. But en route he's involved in a massive pile-up that leaves him unconscious and hospitalised. Coming round, he discovers that no one knows who he is, and he has no proof of his identity.

12:00am Masters Snooker Highlights 12:50am Masters Snooker Extra 2:50am Holby City Hanssen has to face his demons from his past. 3:50am Who Do You Think You Are? Celebrity genealogy series.

BBC4 8:00pm The Sky at Night A look back at a Sky at Night episode from 1975. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are all on view. 8:15pm The Sky at Night 9:00pm The Sky at Night Special 9:30pm Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster and Eccentric 10:00pm Mark Lawson Talks to... 11:00pm Leaving 12:20am Imagine... Alan Yentob gains an insight into the creative world of Shirley Bassey. 1:20am Shirley Bassey at the BBC January 2013 sees one of Britain's alltime great voices turn 76. 2:20am Legends: Petula Clark 3:20am The Sound of Petula Clark Petula Clark presents and stars in her own show from 1973, with backing singers and dancers. 3:50am Mark Lawson Talks to...

1:30am The Store 3:30am Monk 4:20am Pushing Daisies Quirky US drama about a man who can bring the dead back to life. 5:05am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:15am Beverly Hills Cop 2:15am Four Brothers 4:05am Smallville 4:45am St. Elsewhere Axelrod tries to keep Santa Claus alive after he collapses at a children's party. 5:30am Deal or No Deal

12:55am Bizarre Burials 1:55am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor 5:20am HouseBusters 5:45am Rough Guide to Bang for Your Buck 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 Dog the Bounty Hunter 8:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Road Wars 11:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm A League of Their Own 2:00pm Neverland: Part 2 (Part 2 of 2) 3:40pm The Hobbit 4:00pm Treasure Island 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm The Simpsons 7:00pm Got to Dance 8:00pm Got to Dance 9:00pm Glee 10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am Street Crime UK 12:30am Street Crime UK 1:00am Street Crime UK 1:30am Street Crime UK

2:00am Street Crime UK 2:30am Street Crime UK 2:55am Street Crime UK 3:20am NCIS: Los Angeles 4:10am NCIS: Los Angeles 5:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics


SKY MOVIES DRAMA 6:00am Lucky Christmas 7:40am Movie Special 8:00am You May Not Kiss the Bride 9:45am Like Crazy 11:25am The Decoy Bride 1:00pm The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 3:10pm Albatross

5:45am Snow Dogs 7:25am The Dilemma 9:20am Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 11:00am Ice Age 12:25pm The Change-Up 2:25pm Due Date

4:50pm War Horse 7:20pm The Decoy Bride 9:00pm The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 11:10pm Like Crazy

4:05pm Little Nicky 5:45pm Ice Age 7:15pm Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 9:00pm Austin Powers in Goldmember 10:40pm The Change-Up

12:50am Racing with the Moon 2:45am Burlesque 4:50am Losing Control

12:35am Due Date 2:15am Shanghai Knights 4:15am How Do You Know

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:40am Twister 7:35am Jaws 3 9:20am Master and Commander: 11:50am Immortals 1:45pm Alexander

4:45pm Troy 7:30pm Kingdom of Heaven 10:00pm Immortals 11:55pm The Eagle 1:55am Ironclad 4:00am 22 Bullets

TCM 6:00am The Philadelphia Story 8:05am Rider on a Dead Horse 9:35am Escape from Fort Bravo 11:30am Angel and the Badman 1:25pm The Magnificent Seven 4:00pm The Kentuckian 6:05pm Return of the Gunfighter 8:00pm The Man From Snowy River 10:00pm Hell on Wheels 11:00pm Deadwood 12:05am Badlands 1:45am Body Heat 3:40am Badlands 5:15am Off Set


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Sparkling stays in snowland MANY expatriates view the Sierra Nevada as little more than a scenic mountain range in the far distance. How wrong they truly are, with the Sierra Nevada an ideal place to escape - and not just in winter - for holiday and weekend breaks and a totally different surround. Few areas as climatically warm as Southern Spain have a first-class ski-resort on their doorstep. But the Costa del Sol can voice the same boast as Beirut, the worldfamous Lebanese capital. And that boast is that residents can snow-ski and water-ski on the same day... just two or three hours apart. As much of the coastline basks daily at present in four to five hours of beautiful winter sun under clear blue skies, the Sierra Nevada slopes at the same time offer enviable sport for

the skilled as well as novice skiers. Add to this the opportunity for the discerning wealthy to stay in world-class hotels, or for the more budgetconscious to seek out warm welcoming mountain chalets, and it is easy to understand why the Sierra Nevada is annually increasing in popularity - and ski-world stature - not just among people in Spain, but also elsewhere in Europe. While even a daytime drive for a lunch among the ski-slopes is possible at this time of year, in reality a visit lasting several days is most appealing, and not just for ski enthusiasts. Even those who do not envisage venturing onto the slopes for ski-ing can enjoy days spent amid clear mountain air, enjoying local shopping, warming coffee stops, and long lunch breaks often taken sitting outside in the pleasant mountain sunshine. And in the evening a few warming schnapps, dinner in the hotel or at one of the many local mountain taverns - some in the town centre, others a little way out provide the base for visits that sparkle as brightly as the snow in the midday sun.


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New for this season

EXPERTS: Patricia Larumbe, School Secretary and Jose Gallardo, School Director.

THIS year Sierra Nevada will be investing in two groups of clients: one, beginners and families, and the other youths, for which the Borreguiles Beginners’ Area and the Loma de Dilar Sulayr Superpark will be improved. This includes the placement of a new, double-thickness descent surface on which teacher and pupil can remain together for the whole route. There is also a new area behind the Alpine Garden which is protected and quiet for those who are just starting, and a new entrance to the Borreguiles cable cars, as well as stairs to and from the cable car boarding area. A new set of snow machines has been installed on the Prado de las

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Expect only the best

LOCATED 30 metres from the Al-Andalus Cable Car in Plaza del Andalucia, Pascual Ski Alpine School has more than 40 years experience in the ski sector. Founded and run by professional winter sports enthusiasts, Pascual Ski Alpine School caters to people of all abilities, from a complete novice coming in contact with snow for the first time, to an experienced skier who expects nothing but the best. The extensive experience of the owners ensures all skill levels are addressed, with the ability to respond to the needs and demands of all customers. Rental of all the latest ski equipment starts from just €5, and includes everything from ski glasses to fully kitting-out a learner who has nothing to hand. Only the best and newest stock is available at Pascual Ski Alpine School, guaranteeing that you are using the safest apparatus and attired in the coolest look. With zero waiting time, not a moment of your trip will be wasted waiting to hire; immediate and friendly service will get your experience off to a pleasurable start. They even offer free lessons between 2pm and 3pm for those hiring their specialised equipment from the school. What’s more to love? And should you take a tumble and harm your most precious equipment, Pascual Ski Alpine School can repair even the unthinkable breakage, using the latest and most experienced machinery and tools. Simply take your damaged goods into the shop, and be amazed at what they can do. The school is open from 9am until 7.30pm uninterrupted, and can be contacted on 958 481 048 or via email on Pascual Ski Alpine School

SKI SKILLS: Sierra Nevada World Cup in March.

SIERRA NEVADA: The famed ski resort in Southern Spain. Monjas piste to guarantee competitions can take place even when there is little snow.

Forfeits The general fee for forfeits will remain the same and passes for children under five will continue to be free, the same as for disabled children aged between 0 and 12, and disabled adults from 70 years old. There are special fees for disabled children aged between six and 12 and for disabled adults from 60 to 69. Special rates are available for university students with the ‘Subidon’ fees, which offer will host the Super Final of the Freestyle and Snowboard programmes for those who are just starting to learn winter sports. Online purchasing of forfeits will be made simpler. Best in Spain The permanent half-pipe at the of the ‘Diez Amigos Limited’ at Sierra Nevada due to the Sulayr Superpark is group, which carried out its Spanish Civil War, but the the largest in Spain, following years were first excursion in 1899. at 165 metres long In 1912, they became the extremely successful. and six high, and It was taken over by Sierra Nevada Society, and was successfully began to develop and Centros Turisticos SA tested out at the promote tourism and sports (Cetursa) in 1964 to Snowboard Junior at the ski station, which led promote as a tourist World Championship to the construction of the destination. By the 1990s, last season. first hostel on the Sierra Nevada was one of World Snow Day mountain, on the Hoya de the best ski stations in World Snow Day Spain, and hosted the la Mora. will be held on The first most important European Alpine Skiing Cup January 20 and event to be held at Sierra Final. promotes skiing That same year, Sierra Nevada was the National amongst youngsters, Sports Week in 1914. A Nevada was chosen for the with leisure and new road to the area was 1995 Alpine Ski World sports surprises as built in the 1920s, as well Championships, although well as special prizes lack of snow meant it had as an electric train. for children who are Between 1932 and 1940 to be postponed until just beginning to there was no sports activity 1996. learn to ski.

Winter sports take off in Southern Spain WINTER SPORTS have been be practised in Sierra Nevada since the 20th century. In the previous century, only some enthusiasts with basic equipment carried out excursions in the more accessible areas. In the late 1800s, Granada writer Angel Ganivet, who was Spain’s consul in Helsinki, wrote to a local Granada daily paper saying he had an idea of making Sierra Nevada into the Finland of Granada and promoting winter sports. The year 1898 was key to Andalucian mountain climbing as it saw the birth

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The British Ski Center Your skiing dreams realised


ANDLING all of your skiing needs, The British Ski Center has all the facilities to make your visit to Sierra Nevada extra special. Whether looking for accommodation for the family, or tuition on arrival, the entirety of your trip is dealt with, from start to finish. Taking the stress out of organising, The British Ski Center arranges specialised accommodation, sourced for you, based on 20 years’ experience of the resort and the local area. This first-hand knowledge of Sierra Nevada guarantees you get the most out of your stay, for less. Split into two components, this side of the business ‘Sierra Essence’ can also organise lift passes and transfers. Childcare reservations can be arranged where required. What makes The British Ski Center different is it’s an English company dealing with British expatriates and Englishspeaking clientele, so there is nothing lost in translation. The other side of the company has access to fully-qualified native English ski and snowboard instructors, offering a flexible range of tuition options to suit your needs. Special offers are always

SPORTING CALENDAR 2013 January 19-20: Maria Jose Rienda Trophy – Slalom and Giant Slalom Youths 20: World Snow Day 26:- II Snow Running February

FUN FOR ALL: From beginners to veterans.

available when booking hours of ski instruction, and accommodation options are generally cheaper than current local rates, and early booking incentives are also presented. And it’s not just in the winter that The British Ski Center operates; hikes and adventure

activities can be arranged throughout the summer months when the snow has gone. Giles Birch, one of the company’s owners, worked four years for Thomas Cook in various destinations including the Canary Islands, mainland Spain, Andorra and Mexico. Initially acting as resort representative and then promoted to resort manager, he and co-owner Jonathan Buzzard have a wealth of experience in the field, ensuring only the best treatment and customer service.

Operating in the heart of Sierra Nevada, why not pop in and visit them at Intersport Rio Sport equipment hire shop in Plaza de Andalucia on your next visit, open every day from 9am until 8pm? Alternatively, visit or, with everything at your fingertips for an unforgettable trip. Accommodation and lift pass information is also available Monday to Friday from 9am until 6pm on 958 064 800 or The British Ski Center C/Pico del Goteron 7, 18160 Güejar Sierra, Granada 670 461 330/663 853 087

Tourism campaign goes global THIS season, Sierra Nevada has increased its presence on the international market, especially in Great Britain, one of the countries from which most people have visited the resort in past seasons. The British account for more than 10 per cent of skiers, and Sierra Nevada was promoted at the Ski Show in London. It ‘sold’ its sun, snow and main attractions, as well as the ease of reaching Sierra Nevada thanks to Hispania Airways flying between London and Granada. The company has free check-in for skis and snowboards. In addition, Sierra Nevada was once again present at the World Travel Market.

2-3: VII Monachil Club Trophy – Slalom and Giant Slalom Infants I & II 9-10: VIII Ruralito Trophy - Slalom and Giant Slalom Youths 15-17: Second phase of the Audi Quatro Cup – Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super Giant March:

2-3: V Caja Rural Infants Trophy – Slalom and Giant Slalom 9-10: XVII Monachil Town Hall Youth Trophy – Giant Slalom 18-26: Super Final of the Freestyle and Snowboard World Cup 27-29: Infants Alpine Andalucian Championship – Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super Giant 30-April 2: Spanish and Andalucian Freestyle and Snowboard Championship April:

TO THE SLOPES: Masses of tourists head to Sierra Nevada each season.

6-7: Surfito Classic 8-9: Absolute Alpine FIS Andalucian Championship 10-11: Monachil Club Youth Trophy – Slalom and Giant Slalom 12-13: XXXIX Veterans’ National Trophy- Slalom and Giant Slalom 13: Parents and children trophy – Monachil Club 14: Caja Rural Social Youth Trial – Giant Slalom


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Season past

MORE THAN JUST SNOW: Skiers enjoying the off-piste scene.

SUNDOWN: Sierra Nevada boasts a thrilling nightlife.

Off-piste: Fun when night falls NOT only does Sierra Nevada offer some of the finest ski runs on the Iberian Peninsula, but also once the sun sets, the resort comes alive. With a vast range of gastronomy options and an abundant nightlife,

Sierra Nevada’s off-piste is almost as famous as the resort itself. Rows of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, covering all areas of the resort, fill up with skiers and snowboarders every evening, all out to relax

and enjoy the energetic après-ski atmosphere. Catering to all tastes, an abundance of Spanish, Mediterranean and international restaurants are on offer, from small taverns, to the resort boasting the highest

restaurant in Europe, La Alcazaba. The nightlife is vibrant, with all types of venue to suit your needs, whether looking for a quiet beer after a hard day on the slopes, or for socialising and meeting new people,

all night long. On to a new day, and signs of life don’t normally start appearing until noon. With the slopes virtually deserted until then, this is the best time for novice and nervous skiers to start to perfect their art.

SIERRA NEVADA was the first ski resort to open for the 2011-2012 season in Spain and one of the first in Europe, thanks to the weather and the excellent covering of snow. The season began on November 26 with 40 kilometres of pistes open for skiing, and remained open for 142 days. The resort was visited by 992,886 people, of which 843,347 were skiers. December was one of the best of the past years, with hotels at up to 80 per cent occupancy.

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Ready, set, snow! Learn and hire with Spin Pro Center SPIN PRO CENTER is an equipment rental shop and a skiing school combined. All apparatus is available for hire and to be bought, including skis, snowboards and the latest accessories, at low prices. The school hosts the newest brands, including Fischer, Nordica, K2 and Dalbello, among others. You can even try your skis before you buy. And any maintenance and adjustment needed on your existing equipment can be carried out by the qualified technicians. Spin Pro Center has access to the best team of teachers, who can provide services to all skill levels, and will adapt to your level of learning, offering personalised and private lessons in ski racing, snowboarding and off-piste. The way in which Spin Pro Center is different is how they

BEST TEAM: Teachers provide services to all skill levels. provide high-quality assistance and customer service, whilst keeping costs down. This is all possible due to the business belonging to the Espin brothers, who have been involved with the world of snow for more than 30 years.

The brothers are former members of the national team, and one of them a former Spanish champion. Spin Pro Center belongs to the Sierra Nevada Schools Association, and has been awarded a ‘Q’ for quality, which

it proudly displays. Being one of the smaller schools operating in Sierra Nevada, each client is given customised attention and only the best service.

Offering lessons in English, French and Russian, Spin Pro Center is open from 8.30am until 8.30pm, uninterrupted. The school has two locations, one in Plaza de Andalucia, and another on the slopes in Borreguiles, all to better serve their customers. There are special prices for groups, and hiring your equipment from the school will give you a 10 per cent discount on lessons. And if you are a frequent skier or snowboarder and want to join the school by membership, there are even more special prices on offer. Spin Pro Center Sierra Nevada Plaza de Andalucia, Edif Salvia 6, Sierra Nevada (Monachil) Granada 958 480 851

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Fact File

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Highest peak: Mulhacen (3,482 metres above sea level) 107.8km of areas to ski The average temperature last season at Sierra Nevada was

-4ยบC at the coldest and 4.2ยบC at the warmest.

followed by Madrid, Valencia and Murcia.

Most foreign visitors are British, Portuguese and French.

The Sierra Nevada Reservation Centre dealt with 20,718 people during the 2011-2012 season. Most visitors stay just

Most Spanish visitors are from Andalucia,


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over three nights. Sierra Nevada now has its own Youtube channel, Sierra Nevada TV. From October 2011 to April 2012, the website received 3.97 million

visits from 1.52 million unique users. The last season ended with 33,496 friends on Facebook page, 4,350 followers on Twitter and 10,995 users on Tuenti.

El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort opens for the ski season MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL GROUP has acquired a luxury ski lodge - El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort in the Sierra Nevada - which opened in December following an extensive refurbishment. A cosy and luxurious winter retreat, El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort is unique in Sierra Nevada as the only luxury skiin/ski-out facility. Constructed from seasoned Finnish timber in one of the most sought-after locations in the Sierra Nevada, the Marbella Club Hotel Group and interior designer Andrew Martin have fully refurbished this stunning property to create a ski lodge which will offer a charming winter retreat for skiers looking for the very best. With just 20 rooms, the lodge retains the feel of a private chalet and can be booked by room per night or in its entirety for private parties. The intimate size of the property coupled with accommodation options ranging from family bedrooms, double and deluxe suites and rooms, ensures that families, couples and groups of friends will all feel equally at home. A signature feature of the lodge is the luxurious Suite Terrace - known as ‘Suite Nevada’ - the most stylish place to take a break from the slopes. Suite Nevada will offer authentic and charming Spanish service, a trendy

ambience, and freshly prepared Mediterranean cuisine, similar to that at Marbella Club and Puente Romano. El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort offers a highly personalised service. Ski rental is managed in-house and there are five-star services including boot warming and the provision of outdoor slippers, that allow for guests and visitors to fully enjoy the property’s unique location, terrace and alfresco dining. A kids’ club and children’s ski classes make this a holiday which all the family can enjoy. The Spa at the lodge is perfect for relaxing après ski and is complete with sauna, Jacuzzi, Hammam, and

four treatment rooms, offering a range of therapies to ease aching muscles and aid relaxation. There is also a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sun deck for soaking up the Spanish sun. With direct access to the slopes, El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort is located 50 metres from the Chairlift Parador 1. Guests can enjoy 45 pistes and six off-piste routes on their doorstep and 16 artificial snow machines will generate snow should Mother Nature fail to do so. An independently owned property, El Lodge is a member of the globally recognised Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Room rates during low season start from €300 per night for two people sharing a Superior Lodge and family accommodation starts from €400 per night. More information


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FOR Susan Lakes, supporting the local community is important. “But it has become increasingly difficult over the years as funds have been a little tight, but I try to give back to the local community where I can,” said the Benalmadena resident. Another expatriate hit by the recession is Pauline Loughran from Rojales on the Costa Blanca. “I had a direct debit set up supporting local charities, but had to stop it last month. But I will try to continue to donate the odd bit here and there whenever I can,” Pauline remarked. Fellow Costa Blanca based expat Joanne Cole supports local charities through her work at The Card Place in Benimar as well as through donations. “I prefer to contribute with items as opposed to money,” she said. “I have always donated items of clothing to EMAUS, a charity caring for homeless children on the Costa Blanca, and will continue to do so in 2013.”

STREET TALK GIVING something back is important, but when it comes to donations, especially in the present harsh economic times, do

people still give generously, and do they prefer local charities in favour of global corporations? EWN reports:

Being charitable getting tougher

Aaron and Elena Sparks. Aaron and Elena Sparks, Marbella residents on the Costa del Sol for 26 years, strive to donate to the needy. “We favour local charities because we want to help our community; knowing you’re

Maite Llorens. making a difference to people is very humbling,” said Aaron. Sixty-year-old Javier, who preferred not to give his family name, last year made donations to a charity active in Spain and internationally.

“It is important to do something to help where we can. And no matter how challenging life becomes, the economic crisis will not be affecting my 2013 donations”, said the Costa Blanca resident.

Pauline Loughran. For Maite Llorens, also from the Costa Blanca, she prefers to give money to a street beggar than to a fixed charity. “But even that depends, for I advised a young woman outside Mercadona she ought to be looking for work. I couldn’t understand a word she said in reply, but it didn’t sound very friendly!” Meanwhile, Ian Caulcott of Torre in Almeria has a fixed policy when giving to beggars. “If they have any disability, then fine... but if they are able to walk and appear healthy, then I avoid giving them cash, believing local clubs and associations are more worthy causes.”





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2:35am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Wanted Down Under 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm The Sheriffs are Coming 12:45pm Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 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 2:45pm Doctors 3:10pm Father Brown

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Perfection 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 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 Mark Jordan investigates the sometimes deadly chemicals being bought by teenagers to get high. 9:30pm Rip Off Britain 10:00pm Miranda Sitcom starring and written by Miranda Hart. 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys Agnes is desperate for a holiday but cannot find anyone to look after Grandad. 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Have I Got Old News for You

12:05am Blandings Comedy series based on the stories by PG Wodehouse. 12:35am The Graham Norton Show The award-winning host continues his unique chat show. 1:25am The Celebrity Apprentice USA American version of the business competition. 2:45am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:50am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm Don't Tell the Bride Another brave bride leaves the most important day of her life in the hands of the man she loves. 10:00pm Young, Mormon and Single Documentary which follows four single Mormons looking for their eternal partner. 11:00pm World's Craziest Fools 11:30pm EastEnders 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 Young, Mormon and Single Documentary which follows four single Mormons looking for their eternal partner. 3:00am Stacey Dooley Investigates 4:00am Being Human


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7:05am Homes Under the Hammer 8:05am Rip Off Britain 8:50am Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 9:20am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:05am MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain's next culinary superstar continues. 10:35am Return to Forgotten Britain 11:35am Click Guide to all the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news. 12:00pm BBC News 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Masters Snooker

5:05am 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 More lunchtime chat and fun with the girls. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:30am Deal or No Deal 6:25am Countdown 7:10am The Hoobs There's nothing a Hoob hates more than getting wet. 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Will and Grace 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss USA 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 An American Guerrilla in the Philippines 3:40pm Countdown

8:05am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr. Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 8:55am Milkshake Monkey 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:10am Milkshake! Show Songs 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Little Lodgers 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Trisha 1:00pm Looney Tunes 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Polar Bear Family and Me 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Winterwatch 10:30pm Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here 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 10:00pm Lewis 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Happy Birthday E.T

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 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 9:00pm Dispatches 10:00pm Embarrassing Fat Bodies In the Layers of Fat feature, the Embarrassing Bodies team lift the underbelly on fat. 11:00pm What Happens in Kavos...

4:15pm Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Mystery thriller. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Cowboy Builders 9:00pm The All New Gadget Show Entertainment show devoted to gadgets. 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest events inside the Celebrity Big Brother house. 11:00pm Botched Up Bodies


10:00pm - Miranda Sitcom starring and written by Miranda Hart. Miranda has been caring for her ill mother for five very long days. Trapped in her flat and being barked at by Penny, she is forced to think about her life regrets. Before she has the chance to tick off her bucket list she gets ill, and Tilly, Gary and Stevie offer no sympathy or help at all.

Miranda Hart & Patricia Hodge 12:20am Masters Snooker Highlights 1:10am American Football Matt Roberts presents highlights from the weekend's NFL play-offs. 2:10am Masters Snooker Extra 4:10am Film 2013 5:00am How it Works 5:55am Your Paintings An adventure inside some of the most exciting paintings held in British collections today.

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys Documentary series 9:00pm Art Deco Icons David Heathcote explores the dramatic 1930s London Transport HQ in St James's, London. 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Lost Kingdoms of South America 11:00pm Storyville 12:45am Spies of Warsaw Classic tale of spying, intrigue and romance, based on the novels of Alan Furst. 2:15am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork 3:15am Art Deco Icons David Heathcote explores the dramatic 1930s London Transport HQ in St James's, London. 3:45am Lost Kingdoms of South America

12:35am Monk 1:30am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:55am The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:05am One Born Every Minute 1:10am Random Acts Channel 4's nightly short-form arts strand presents a tall tale from the big top. 1:15am On the Verge of a Midlife Crisis with Sharon Horgan 2:10am Scandal The hit US drama starring Kerry Washington comes to Channel 4. 3:05am The Promise 4:35am Supersize v Superskinny 5:30am Supernanny US

12:00am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Celebrity Wedding Planner: Celebrity Big Brother Special 2:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor Home-improvement series. 5:20am Divine Designs Paul Binski presents the series examining the history of religious art in Britain. 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am A League of Their Own 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm A League of Their Own 3:30pm A League of Their Own 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:00pm Futurama 7:00pm Got to Dance 7:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Diversity in Dublin 10:00pm Galapagos with David Attenborough 11:00pm Spartacus: Vengeance 12:10am Spartacus: Vengeance 1:25am Fringe 2:25am Road Wars 3:15am NCIS: Los Angeles 4:05am Road Wars 5:00am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 4:15am How Do You Know 6:30am Rio Special 7:00am American Pie 2 9:00am What Women Want 11:20am American Pie 1:10pm No Strings Attached 3:10pm Swinging with the Finkels 4:50pm Something Borrowed 6:50pm What Women Want 9:00pm American Pie 10:40pm American Pie 2 12:30am No Strings Attached 2:20am Swinging with the Finkels 3:50am Swingers 5:30am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 4:50am Losing Control 6:30am Les Miserables Special 7:00am Cupid, Inc 8:30am Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 10:20am The

Top Ten Show 2013 10:40am Chicago 12:45pm The Hours 2:45pm Les Miserables Special 3:15pm Conviction 5:10pm Love and Impossible Pursuits 7:00pm Just Go with it 9:00pm Chicago 11:00pm The Hours

4:15pm Rambo: First Blood Part II 6:00pm Daylight 8:00pm The Tourist 10:00pm Escape From L.A. 11:45pm First Blood


1:00am Just Go with it 3:00am Conviction 5:00am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special 5:30am Cupid, Inc

SKY MOVIES ACTION 6:30am The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Special 7:00am Spy Kids 8:40am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 10:30am The Avengers Special 11:00am The Tourist 12:50pm Escape From L.A. 2:35pm First Blood

1:20am Rambo: First Blood Part II 3:00am Rambo III 4:45am Braddock: Missing in Action 3

TCM 6:00am TCM Shorts 6:15am Angel and the Badman 8:05am The Kentuckian 10:05am Return of the Gunfighter 12:00pm The Man From Snowy River 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Forty Guns 5:30pm Fort Utah 7:05pm The Hallelujah Trail 10:00pm Shirley Valentine 12:10am From Noon Till Three 2:00am Shirley Valentine

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January 2013 will be harder than ever SKYLINE: Peru’s capital Lima by night.

Peru ‘Best Culinary Destination’ PERU was named Best Culinary Destination 2012 at the World Travel Awards, held in New Delhi (India). Amongst the nominees were China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, the USA, Italy and France. This is the 20th year that the prize has been handed out and there were 800,000 votes received from experts in gastronomy from more than 170 countries.

One of Peru’s most renowned chefs is Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, the owner of Malabar, in San Isidro. Others are Virgilio Martínez of Restaurante Central in Lima, and Gaston Acurio, who runs a chain of establishments called Astrid & Gaston present in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and soon to open in the UK.

THE so-called ‘January slope’ will be more uphill than ever for most Spaniards, with price hikes for electricity, tolls and public transport, amongst others. The ‘cuesta de enero’ (January slope) is a period when, following Christmas expenses and in conjunction with price rises, people traditionally find it hard to get by. January 2013 will see electricity bills increase by between 3 and 7 per cent. Natural gas and butane gas bottles prices will stay the

same. State-run toll roads will increase their fees by an average of 2.4 per cent, short and medium distance train tickets will increase by 3 per cent on average, bus tickets will go up as much as 6.07 per cent and airport taxes 6.3 per cent. The Correos (post office) will put up its prices by 2.95 per cent and Telefonica will also increase the price of certain services. In Madrid, residents will have to pay €1 for each doctor’s

prescription, a measure already enforced in Cataluña. Madrid will also see water rates, property tax and parking meter prices increase, while Bilbao will pay 4.5 per cent more for funeral services and Barcelona 18 per cent more for water. Despite the rising costs, civil servants’ salaries will remain the same, pensions will be recalculated between 1 and 2 per cent, and the minimum salary will rise by 0.6 per cent.





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2:50am 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 Series featuring properties sold via auction. 12:00pm The Sheriffs are Coming 12:45pm Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott takes his bargain hunters north of the border to Edinburgh's Ingliston Centre. 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors Mrs Tembe organises a walking tour for her church group, but the guide is anything but helpful. 3:10pm Father Brown

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 The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show If it's got Britain talking then it will get talked about on The One Show. 8:30pm EastEnders The Brannings are a family in crisis, and Dot attempts to pull them back together. 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Death in Paradise 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Harry and Paul's Magnificent Sporting Moments



Channel 4

Channel 5

5:55am Your Paintings An adventure inside some of the most exciting paintings held in British collections today. 6:25am Your Paintings An adventure inside some of the most exciting paintings held in British collections today. 7:05am Homes Under the Hammer 8:05am The Sheriffs are Coming 8:50am Cowboy Trap 9:20am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:05am MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain's next culinary superstar continues. 11:05am You've Been Scammed 11:35am HARDtalk 12:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news, plus top interviews and analysis. 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Masters Snooker

5:45am 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 More lunchtime chat and fun with the girls. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:30am Supernanny US 6:15am Deal or No Deal 7:10am The Hoobs What do you do when you've ruined Groove's best ever painting of an Icecreamasaurus? 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Will and Grace 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond Robert meets a beautiful woman who is a big fan of Ray's sports column. 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond At a college football game, Frank catches a ball from a record-setting field goal. 9:55am Frasier Frasier, Niles and Martin await the results of Maris's plastic surgery. 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss USA 12:00pm A Place in the Sun 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 1:35pm Kirstie's Handmade Treasures 1:50pm The 39 Steps 3:40pm Countdown

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 8:05am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr. Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 8:55am Milkshake Monkey 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:10am Milkshake! Show Songs 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:20am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Little Lodgers 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Trisha 1:00pm Looney Tunes 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm NCIS

7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Polar Bear Family and Me 9:00pm Winterwatch 10:00pm Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways 11:00pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme Sarah Millican returns with her comedy series featuring stand-up and unique interviews. 11:30pm Newsnight

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal David Dickinson and the team are in Bangor. 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 Declan is devastated to learn the extent of Megan's deception. 8:30pm FA Cup Replay Adrian Chiles presents live action from a third round replay. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm River Monsters

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 second day in Colchester, and the turn of smooth talking PR man Darius G Laws. 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 9:00pm Supersize v Superskinny 10:00pm The Undateables 11:00pm Utopia Brand new drama - a dark and enigmatic thriller. When five online strangers are drawn together by the legendary manuscript of a cult graphic novel, they find themselves pursued by a secret and deadly organisation known only as The Network. The online comic book forum agree to meet after gaining possession of the original manuscript for the cult graphic novel 'The Utopia Experiments'. Unbeknown to them however, a shadowy organisation known as The Network is in pursuit of the manuscript - and they are prepared to kill to track it down.

4:15pm High Noon Psychological thriller by Nora Roberts. Emilie de Ravin ('Lost', 'Once Upon a Time') plays a tough police lieutenant and expert hostage negotiator, who juggles her career with the demands of a young daughter and agoraphobic mother (Cybill Shepherd, 'Moonlighting'). However her real problems begin when she is targeted by a vengeful stalker. She thinks that it is a subordinate whom she had to suspend, which throws everyone off the scent. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Brax and Heath meet up with Kyle through a girl called Mac who was harbouring him. 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. A bride falls to her death at her wedding and all the guests are suspects. 11:00pm Celebrity Big Brother Catch up with the latest events inside the Celebrity Big Brother house.

12:05am Weight Loss Ward Second of two programmes. 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Loose Women More lunchtime chat and fun with the girls. 4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:25am Random Acts Channel 4's nightly shortform arts strand presents the return of the infamous singing man. 12:30am What Happens in Kavos... 1:30am and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final 2:30am KOTV Boxing Weekly 2:55am Beach Volleyball 3:50am Cottage to Let 5:20am Smallville Drama series following the teenage years of the future Superman, Clark Kent.

12:00am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Botched Up Bodies 2:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor Home improvement series. 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

12:05am - Flightplan

Horror abounds in this tense thriller. Imagine being on a plane with your daughter, having a nap, and waking up to discover that not only has she disappeared, but that the crew and everyone around you insists that she was never on board in the first place. 12:05am Flightplan 1:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:45am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Total Wipeout 9:00pm Growing Up Poor 10:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 11:00pm Pramface 11:30pm EastEnders The Brannings are a family in crisis, and Dot attempts to pull them back together. 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 Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 2:30am Pramface Comedy series about two teenagers trying, and often failing, to come to terms with parenthood. 3:00am Young, Mormon and Single 4:00am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents

12:20am Masters Snooker Highlights 1:10am Masters Snooker Extra 3:10am Wonderland 4:10am Robbed, Raided, Reunited

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency 10:00pm The Riviera: A History in Pictures 11:00pm Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings 12:00am Borgen 1:00am Borgen 2:00am Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency 3:00am Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings 4:00am The Riviera: A History in Pictures

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Brainiac: Science Abuse 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am A League of Their Own 10:30am A League of Their Own 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm UK Border Force 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 Last Resort 10:00pm Stella 11:00pm Species II 12:50am Brit Cops - Frontline

Crime 1:50am Road Wars 2:50am Road Wars 3:45am Road Wars 4:35am Crash Test Dummies 5:00am Stargate SG-1

Riding Hood 10:30am Footloose Special 10:50am Jane Eyre 1:00pm Country Strong 3:00pm Big Miracle

4:10pm Batman 6:20pm Batman Returns 8:30pm Batman Begins 11:00pm Colombiana


5:00pm Mr Popper's Penguins 35mm Special 5:20pm Red Riding Hood 7:05pm The Adjustment Bureau 9:00pm Jane Eyre 11:00pm Big Miracle

1:00am Battle: Los Angeles 3:00am Rush Hour

5:30am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 7:10am Love and Other Drugs 9:15am Wild Hogs 11:05am The 40 Year Old Virgin 1:05pm Tower Heist 3:05pm Arthur 5:05pm Prom 7:00pm Love and Other Drugs 9:00pm Tower Heist 10:50pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 12:50am Arthur 2:45am Wild Hogs 4:35am Sweet Home Alabama

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:30am Cupid, Inc 7:00am Beautiful Wave 8:45am Red

1:00am Burlesque 3:05am Girl, Interrupted 5:20am A Valentine's Date

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:45am Braddock: Missing in Action 3 6:30am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special 7:00am The Avengers Special 7:30am Priest 9:10am Batman 11:25am Batman Returns 1:40pm Batman Begins

TCM 6:00am The Hallelujah Trail 8:40am The High Chaparral 9:45am The High Chaparral 10:45am Forty Guns 12:15pm Fort Utah 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm The Broken Land 5:25pm Hondo and the Apaches 7:05pm Billy Two Hats 9:00pm 'Neath the Arizona Skies 10:00pm Dirty Harry 11:55pm Ironweed 2:50am The Yakuza 4:40am The High Chaparral 5:30am The Making of Band of Brothers


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Olympics just cannot disguise what a shambles the year was L

OOKING back over 2012, what stands out for you? Take away the Jubilee/Olympics temporary feelgood factor and it was a pretty awful year, especially for those flooded out of homes and businesses (some more than once) and those out of jobs. It was another year, too, of political cock-ups, ‘lapses of judgement’ nowadays you ‘mis-say’ things, act ‘inappropriately’ or apologise not for the actions, but for ‘any distress caused’, nobody lies or cheats - and U-turns like the one forced over a pasty tax. In fact, wait long enough and two U-turns arrive at the same time. Nuff said. But, for me, the low point of the year was when Francis Maude advised drivers to store petrol: “Maybe a little bit in the garage as well in a jerrycan.” This triggered queues and panic-buying at petrol stations, an outcry by fire services and the AA and a woman ending up badly burned. All supposedly for a strike that hadn’t even been called at that point.

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 nora-johnson

It was then, however, that I found myself caught up in the omnishambles hopelessly trying to get from one end of the country to the other. A review of 2012’s most-read Wikipedia articles threw up surprising differences, too, in what’s been popular across the various language versions of the online encyclopaedia. Facebook headed up the English edition as did ‘adult video actresses’ in Japan, the @ symbol making it into second place in Spain and The European Regional Development Fund third in Poland.

Fun people, the Polish! The Russian edition led with an article about the country, though entries for ‘porn site’ and ‘unemployment’ maybe shed greater light on ordinary Russian lives. Looking ahead to predictions, I won’t bore you with mine as the media have been plastered with them. Except to say I’m sure fad diets will still stick around despite a UK government minister’s warning to Brits of the dangers. After all, people have been following them for centuries. Diets like consuming tapeworms, arsenic pills, vinegar and wearing rubber undergarments by the Victorians. Ancient Greeks advocated even weirder weight-loss methods, including wrestling, walking around naked and avoiding sex. Modern Greeks appear to have given these up. Perhaps MPs should follow suit and stop publishing fad policies? Nora Johnson’s thrillers Soul Stealer & The De Clerambault Code (www.norajohnson. com) from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89;£0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.

@ SYMBOL: Second most popular in Spain.





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1:45am 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 The Sheriffs are Coming 12:45pm Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt The teams face a welcome in the hillside as they scour the Royal Welsh Showground for bargains. 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:10pm Father Brown Drama series based on the novels of GK Chesterton.

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 The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show Matt Baker and Alex Jones present the stories that matter from across the country. 9:00pm Food Inspectors 10:00pm Africa David Attenborough takes a breathtaking journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa. 11:00pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm A Question of Sport

12:05am Film 2013 Film news and reviews. 12:40am When a Man Loves a Woman Powerful domestic drama about a couple whose ideal life together is threatened by a guilty secret. 2:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:45am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm The World's Strictest Parents Wayward British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world. 9:00pm Don't Tell the Bride Another brave bride leaves the most important day of her life in the hands of the man she loves. 10:00pm Growing Up Poor 11:00pm Con Air 12:45am Family Guy Animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 1:10am Family Guy Animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 1:30am Growing Up Poor 2:30am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 3:30am World's Craziest Fools 4:00am Growing Up Poor


Channel 4

Channel 5

5:25am Rock Types at Great Heights 6:20am Vikings 7:00am Homes Under the Hammer 8:00am The Sheriffs are Coming 8:45am Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 9:15am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 10:00am MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain's next culinary superstar continues. 11:00am You've Been Scammed 11:30am See Hear 12:00pm BBC News 12:30pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Animal Park 2:30pm Masters Snooker

4:50am 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 More lunchtime chat and fun with the girls. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:20am Smallville Drama series following the teenage years of the future Superman, Clark Kent. 6:05am Deal or No Deal 7:00am The Treacle People 7:10am The Hoobs Something's keeping the Hoobs awake. 7:35am The Hoobs If a Hoob can't find their Hoobarama then a Hoob can't play Hoobarama! 8:00am Will and Grace 8:25am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss USA 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 Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 2:00pm Passport to Pimlico 3:40pm Countdown

7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:05am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 8:55am Milkshake Monkey 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:10am Milkshake! Show Songs 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:20am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Little Lodgers 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Trisha 1:00pm Looney Tunes 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Celebrity Big Brother 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Polar Bear Family and Me 9:00pm Winterwatch 10:00pm Funny Business 11:00pm Mock the Week...Again Topical comedy. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Gavin Esler.

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 8:00pm Emmerdale Alicia makes a difficult decision about her and David. 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm FA Cup Highlights

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 third day in Colchester and the turn of American army wife Adrena Austin. 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 9:00pm Gok's Style Secrets Gok comes to the rescue of a 53 year-old single mum who's been dateless for nearly two decades. 10:00pm One Born Every Minute Two strong-willed first-time mums give birth at Leeds General Infirmary. 11:00pm True Stories

4:15pm Seventeen and Missing Mystic chiller. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours When Karl tells the hospital board about the 'ghost' file, Aidan breaks down. 7:00pm Home and Away Casey and Sasha struggle to define their new relationship. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Ice Road Truckers 9:00pm Charley Boorman's South African Adventure Charley Boorman continues his epic ride through South Africa on his trusty BMW motorbike. 10:00pm Celebrity Big Brother 11:30pm Celebrity Wedding Planner: TOWIE Special


4:00am - Serenity

Morena Baccarin.

12:20am Masters Snooker Highlights 1:10am Masters Snooker Extra 3:10am Dara O Briain's Science Club 4:10am See Hear 4:55am How God Made the English 5:30am Divine Women

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm The First World War From Above The story of the Great War told from a unique new aerial perspective. 10:00pm Spies of Warsaw Classic tale of spying, intrigue and romance, based on the novels of Alan Furst. 11:30pm World War Two The British fought the Second World War to defeat Hitler. 1:00am Fig Leaf: The Biggest CoverUp in History 2:00am Guilty Pleasures 3:00am The Art of Cornwall 4:30am Art Deco Icons David Heathcote explores the dramatic 1930s London Transport HQ in St James's, London.

12:35am Safari Vet School 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Serenity

12:10am Random Acts 12:15am Embarrassing Fat Bodies 1:15am Abbey Road Studios: In Session with VW Beetle 2:10am Barclaycard Mercury Prize: 2012 Albums of the Year Live 2:25am Barclaycard Mercury Prize: 2012 Albums of the Year Live 2:40am Revenge

12:30am Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:30am Comedy Kings 1:55am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor Property guru Ann Maurice is in Ashfield to find out why a spacious bungalow won't sell. 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Brainiac: Science Abuse 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am A League of Their Own 10:30am A League of Their Own 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm UK Border Force 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 Got to Dance 9:00pm Got to Dance 10:00pm Glee 11:00pm Fringe 12:00am Last Resort 1:00am Brit


Batman and Robin 1:15pm Twister 3:15pm Kingdom of Heaven


5:20am A Valentine's Date 7:00am Stay Cool 8:40am 4 Wedding Planners 10:10am You May Not Kiss the Bride 11:55am That Thing You Do! 1:55pm Our Family Wedding 3:45pm The Tempest

5:45pm Batman Forever 7:50pm Batman and Robin 10:00pm Kingdom of Heaven

4:35am Sweet Home Alabama 6:30am The Avengers Special 7:00am Snow Dogs 8:45am Analyze That 10:25am Bad Teacher 12:05pm The Dilemma 2:00pm The Hangover Part II 3:45pm Horrible Bosses

5:45pm Rabbit Hole 7:25pm I Don't Know How She Does it 9:00pm Romeo and Juliet 11:00pm Anonymous

Cops - Frontline Crime 2:00am Road Wars 2:55am NCIS: Los Angeles 3:45am Road Wars 4:35am Crash Test Dummies 5:00am Stargate SG1

5:25pm Analyze This 7:15pm Bad Teacher 9:00pm The Hangover Part II 10:45pm Horrible Bosses 12:25am Analyze This 2:10am Analyze That 3:55am The Top Ten Show 2013 4:15am How Do You Know

1:20am I Don't Know How She Does it 3:00am Losing Control

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TCM 9:30am 'Neath the Arizona Skies 10:30am The Broken Land 11:55am Billy Two Hats 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Canyon River 5:35pm Day of the Evil Gun 7:20pm Escort West 8:45pm The Spider Woman 10:00pm Breakdown 11:45pm Hell on Wheels 12:45am Border Shootout


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Sorry, 2012, I’ve met someone else


HAT’S it then; adieu 2012 and bonjour 2013 (pardon my French but I have been reading about King Charles the First, his (alleged) lover the Duke of Buckingham and their disastrous attempts to invade France). Now I love a good reminisce as you all know (or maybe you don’t in which case, pay attention at the back) but sometimes looking back gives you nothing but a cricked neck and a deep sense of dissatisfaction. It’s gone, leave well alone I say. News presenters, celebrities and even the old lady who destroyed a masterpiece (don’t get me started) have all had their say. They have carped, crowed, hummed and hawed about the good/bad old times of the outgoing year. “What has 2012 ever done for me?” they call like dumped lovers desperately

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

trying to blacken the memory of an ex. “Out with the old and in with the new,” the saying goes, the cry of a child stomping on a much loved toy in anticipation of a nice new shiny one. The old year has slunk away shamefaced recalling, for the sake of its self-esteem, all the good things it gave us and bemoaning the ingrates that it leaves behind. Meanwhile, we kick at the dust, heads downcast, refusing to look it in the eye as we spill a plethora of tired

excuses at its feet: “It’s not you it’s me… I need space… you deserve someone better than me… I’ll always love you, I’m just not IN love with you.” So in the spirit of free and honest discourse and influenced by the aforementioned spiritual blindness of King Charles (who ordered beggars and workmen to remain in their houses as he travelled to one or other of his palaces so as not to sully his sight with the everyday) I say, well done, 2012, you were beautiful, while at the same time crossing my fingers behind my back. On the subject of looking back, quite out of the blue I was contacted by an old art school friend (not that she’s old, just a person from the time before reality set in). Michele was the first person who really listened to me.

THE PAST: Don’t look back, but instead look forward to the year ahead. She was slightly older than me and had a tranquillity about her that drew people to her. Her honesty, sensitivity and ability to get right to the heart of a problem always astounded me and had more to do with her character than her age. So I hope that 2013 sees us re-establish our friendship (sorry, 2012, I know it was you who brought us together) as I for one will relish flights of nostalgia and journeys of remembrance in our tentative first steps towards a renewal of friendship. Now back to Chaz the First, is it any wonder there was a civil war? He ruled a country whose

wealth and place in the world had been established by Elizabeth the First, weakened by James the First and then left flapping around the ineffectual (bejewelled) feet of one of the worst monarchs in British history. True his father laid the foundation for the dissolute state of the realm but Chaz certainly relished his own part in its near destruction. In fact, he would have done well to look back and learn. I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year (sorry, 2012). Cava, anyone?

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Time Out On first meeting New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller’s also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Cote (Laetetia Casta). 1h40 Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) An investment made recently is built upon and brings peace of mind. Finances do need consideration but more in the long than the short-term.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) You realise this week how liberating it is to share your thoughts and feelings with someone close. It is not always easy to do this, until you realise everyone has them. Some hopes and dreams are more attainable than others, of course, and someone has to find out which are which.


Beginning in 19th century Scotland, The Rocking Horse Garden follows the lives of the fishing communities on the coast of Fife. Fishing boats track herring shoals through cold and treacherous waters, while their women, the Herring Gutters, follow them. Conditions are hard, but the community keeps up a lively spirit. Jessie, one of the young women

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Make this a year to build on friendships. Busy as you are, your wellbeing is tied up with those close to you. Money is not everything.

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After a relaxed weekend, it might prove difficult to take up the reins of work again. However, midweek sees you trotting along happily and minding your own business when someone stops you in your

Time is precious this week because you are in demand. A chance lost in the past presents itself again but wonʼt be too easy. Holding back just a little makes you more desirable.

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tracks. When a challenge is issued, your natural stubbornness comes to the fore.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

falls in love with a boat builder and wood carver of great skill. Misfortune follows the family and the young couple, left feeling accursed, emigrate to Australia. The epic journey under sail is full of incident and tragedy. One hundred years later, a great

granddaughter finds Jessie’s diary and travels back to Scotland to follow in her footsteps. Influencing this family’s fate is a sinister creature, well known in Scottish myth. It is a beast who preys on humans, the legendary horse from the sea, the Kelpie. A great read.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

confidence works wonders for your mood. Something that you read sets you thinking about doing some writing or creating something artistic, perhaps even a musical.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)

With a mind as sharp as a needle, you spin through the week, weaving your own charming spell. A bit of extra

Although energy is not high, there is the need to have some kind of challenge. With the brain active, it is an ideal time to plot and plan your next moves. Maybe something that has been delayed might now be advanced. You find it hard to choose between opportunities.


CANCER (June 22 - July 23) The imagination stirs and the heart races at a suggestion this week. Your strong intuition tells you it is the right thing to do.

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.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Reading the small print or being sure what is offered in a personal encounter is most important this week. Leave nothing to chance or you could be out of pocket.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)


Being over-generous with cash midweek could see you making a poor move. Perhaps someone needs to be more hardworking or perhaps less of a spendthrift. Propping up a bad habit would be doing them no favours.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) A suggestion made by you recently did not seem to be taken seriously. This week, however, negotiations could be opened. Circumstances change and it may seem someone gave up too early. Bide your time and even hold your tongue when someone in a strong position spouts rubbish.



• The fight we had last night was my fault. My wife asked me what was on the TV and I replied “dust.”

STEALING THE SHOW 1. What is the name of the Norwegian artist who produced the painting that has been the target of several high-profile art thefts, The Scream? 2. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was attacked and robbed in a lift in New York’s Waldorf Towers in August in 1970. What was the value of her gems stolen: (a) $50,000 (b) $150,000 or (c) $250,000? 3. What was stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro in December 1983? 4. Whose coffin turned up 10 miles from its original Swiss cemetery on May 17, 1978, having been stolen two months earlier? 5. Which famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Peruggia in August 1911? 6. What was stolen from the shop window of football outfitters William Shillcock in Birmingham in September 1895? 7. Which British rock singer was mugged and had his $50,000 Porsche Turbo-Carrera stolen by a gunman on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, in April 1982? 8. Which oblong block of red sandstone, stolen from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day in 1950 by four Scottish students, turned up at Arbroath Abbey the following April? 9. Sunflowers, the Potato Eaters, Still Life with Irises, Wheatfield with Crows, and Still Life with Bible were among 20 paintings worth £315 million by which famous Dutch artist, which were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam in April 1991? 10. Which British band-leader’s signature tune was Somebody Stole My Gal?

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

Word ladder CORN

Confidence in a close relationship should be maintained. Possibly someone who envies your position would like to see discord.

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

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Very good: 20 Excellent: 25


SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

Just joking • What do you call a man with no arms and no legs sitting on your front porch? Matt.

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An emotional cut-off from the past is not as bad as anticipated. Indeed, it confirms in your mind who you are and what your place in the world is. Inherited traits knit easily with your present life and bring contentment. All that you want to change at the moment are certain things round you that have been outgrown.



Mystery and suspense


Three novels in one


1. EDVARD MUNCH, 2. C - $250,000, 3. JULES RIMET TROPHY, the original FIFA WORLD CUP TROPHY, 4. CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S, 5. MONA LISA (LA GIOCONDA or LA JOCONDE or PORTRAIT OF LISA GHERARDINI, WIFE OF FRANCESCO DEL GIOCONDO) - it was recovered two years later, 6. THE (original) FA CUP - the FA fined holders Aston Villa £25 to pay for a replacement. Almost 60 years later, the thief admitted that the cup had been melted down to make counterfeit half-crown coins, 7. ROD STEWART, 8. STONE OF SCONE, also known as the STONE OF DESTINY and often referred to in England as the CORONATION STONE, 9. VINCENT VAN GOGH - all of the paintings were found in abandoned car hours later, 10. BILLY COTTON


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Across 7 I am unfortunately returning a sausage (6) 8 A television one found in Los Angeles or a Baltic country (6) 9 Makes a profit from a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (4) 10 Many having an inclination to domestic work (8) 11 Hates hot ales concoction (7) 13 Sodium along with the Italian Signor will provide fasteners (5) 15 Long for twelve months at this point (5) 17 Tousled doctor is most noisy (7) 20 Princess precise concerning the region (8) 21 Carry note into pub (4) 22 Excellent guess (6) 23 Reportedly, more vulgar food retailer (6)

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Sello (Correos) (5) 4 Dog (5) 7 Margarina (9) 8 Eternity (9) 12 Hammers (tools) (9) 14 Rosas (flores) (5) 15 Caracol (5) Down 1 Arena (4) 2 Brazo (de persona) (3)

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Down 1 Regained consciousness for a short time in minor film role (4,2) 2 Captures suitcases (4) 3 Raw rice enough for the aviators (3,4) 4 Old London river boats (5)

5 Model flag (8) 6 Possibly aligns a green light for example (6) 12 Nut trail meanders, so go back (4,4) 14 Stew made from pet goat (7) 16 Rile about a team having a

cure-all (6) 18 Didnʼt use drapes properly presented (6) 19 Note twisted vine is donated (5) 21 Put you name down for something to read (4)

Down 1 Tragedy (8) 2 Middle Eastern country (5) 4 Small cake (6) 5 Prepare for competition (5) 6 Analyse (7) 7 Transmit (4) 8 Electrician's tool (6) 13 Fidgety (8) 15 Desert (7) 17 Easygoing (6) 18 Extreme (6) 20 Foundation (5) 22 More than enough (5) 23 Part of the eye (4)

CRYPTIC Across: 7 Recipe, 8 Looted, 9 Life, 10 Cheyenne, 11 Western, 13 Pilot, 15 Fairy, 17 Footmen, 20 Dominoes, 21 Goad, 22 Herein, 23 Asides. Down: 1 Feline, 2 Mine, 3 Peccary, 4 Blues, 5 Novelist, 6 Lean-to, 12 Termites, 14 Dog star, 16 Avocet, 18 Enamel, 19 Joint, 21 Gait. QUICK - Across: 1 Canvas, 5 Search, 8 Thin, 9 Cinnamon, 10 Perspire, 11 Dash, 12 Region, 14 Punish, 16 Pass, 18 Besotted, 20 Positive, 21 Boil, 22 Serene, 23 Stable. Down: 2 Achieve, 3 Venus, 4 Section, 5 Since, 6 Abandon, 7 Cross, 13 Inspire, 14 Possess, 15 Special, 17 Alone, 18 Bribe, 19 Tibia. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Sopa, 3 Herbs, 6 Onion, 8 Peras, 10 Uña, 11 Grave, 12 Dance, 13 Sea, 14 Sheet, 15 Sweat, 16 Calor, 17 Caer. Down: 1 Sponges, 2 Primavera, 4 Espadas, 5 Berenjena, 7 Nuestro, 9 Sweeter.

1. Unscramble the name of an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher: SLINKY IMAGES 2. Unscramble the name of a popular BBC Television religious programme (three words): FORGE PASSIONS

Play on Words JOANB




Answers: An inside job, A rise in temperature


Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 10 represents P and 14 represents Q, so fill in P every time the figure 10 appears and Q every time the figure 14 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.


QUICK Across 1 Twilight (4) 3 Immaculate (8) 9 Excess (7) 10 Once more (5) 11 Declare (5) 12 Sour (6) 14 Go by (6) 16 Agree to (6) 19 Roam (6) 21 Begin (5) 24 Amusement park attractions (5) 25 Instance (7) 26 Ominous (8) 27 Charges (4)

3 Retratos (9) 4 Saucers (para tazas) (9) 5 Queen (5) 6 Obedecer (4) 9 Neumáticos (5) 10 To love (4) 11 Blue (4) 13 Mar (3)


“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean (1931-1955) American film actor and culture icon


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




















LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Chosen, 2 Events, 3 Angers, 4 Beards, 5 Letter, 6 Pledge, 7 Breast, 8 Welled, 9 Agrees, 10 Bellow, 11 Tweeds, 12 Writer, 13 Millet, 14 Statue, 15 Patrol, 16 Charms, 17 Gaiter, 18 Spires, 19 Grease


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Energy giant’s Bolivian shame BOLIVIA’S seizure of two Spanish-owned companies will gladden the hearts of many, especially when they hear the reason. President Evo Morales accuses Iberdrola of overcharging customers in rural areas. Many in Spain will find common parlance with that. Something else refreshing, the president adds that the country’s constitution clearly states that the public interest must come before private

interests in energy-related use. An independent arbiter will now reach a settlement on what the shamed and exiled energy giant settles for. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Spanish PM to follow the Bolivian president’s example.

Legal brothels no panacea THE recession must be patchy when I read that 800 punters bolted from a Catalan brothel

Recession’s silver lining EVERY cloud has a silver lining; every recession too it seems. Road deaths in Spain have dropped to levels last seen in 1960, when there were very few vehicles on the road. Then there was just the occasional ass; nothing much new there then. Today there are fewer car journeys than at the peak. People are easier on the gas because cars are expensive and add fat. Bike use is cheap and eats fat.

Images of Spain

By Mike Walsh after a call was received warning of To comment on any of the issues raised in Mike’s column, go to a bomb /columnists/mike-walsh being planted there. The French and other nationalities see Spain as the free-for-all Berlin was in the seedy 1920s. The two fingers MORALES: of blame are directed at rivalry between pimping gangs. Public Communities and law interest enforcement officials are comes first. fighting a losing battle in the struggle to curb violence. So, legalised prostitution has not been the panacea the liberals promised. All it has done is boost immorality, organised crime, venereal disease, drug trafficking and money laundering. It has also fuelled pornography and with it sex exploitation including that of minors. Well done, brave new world. Advertising Feature

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A juicier way to your five a day MANY see juicing as the perfect way to detox in January, ridding the body of all the toxins induced over the indulgent previous month. This way of taking in food helps absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables, helping to ‘pre-digest’ them, extracting most of the nutrition. Juicing also allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. Some people may find eating the recommended amount of five fruit and vegetables every day difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.

Also this way, a wider variety of vegetables can be added to your diet in one go, by including as much as five in each portion.

Snore cure SUCKING on a dummy could help stop snoring. An adult version, called The Good Morning Snore Solution, is available with tests proving it reduces snoring. It works by pulling the tongue forward. This means the

SUCKER: A dummy reduces snoring. airway does not get blocked when all the muscles around the throat relax during sleep, which is what causes heavy snoring.

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Heart risk for diabetics PEOPLE with diabetes are almost 50 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack. The National Diabetes Audit analysed the care of two million diabetics in the UK and found that Type One and Type Two sufferers were at greater risk of having a heart attack. According to the report, 14,476 of those included in the study had a heart attack, 4,694 more than expected. The report also found people with diabetes have a 40 per cent higher risk of death than the general population, with 65,700 diabetics dying in 2011.


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By Estelle Mitchell

ON YOUR MARKS: Get off to a good start by taking charge of your health.

Take charge in 2013 IN the run-up to Christmas many of us put off dealing with niggling health issues or concerns - we don’t want bad news just before the holidays or we simply don’t have time to start anything that may take a while to resolve. So January becomes the time when we can finally do something. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to ‘lose weight’ and ‘get fit’ but perhaps we should also think about our health for the coming year. Maybe on your list of New Year’s resolutions should be getting that pain in your back or your knees sorted so why not make 2013 the year you take charge of your health? Here are a few tips: Get to know your body Pay attention and get to know your body. Any changes can indicate problems. Key changes to look out for are: • Any changes to your bowel movements • Changes in colour or size of moles • For women, any changes to the skin or feel of your breasts or pain in the pelvic region. Don’t wait! If you are in pain or discomfort and this has been going on for more than 48 hours, get professional help! The sooner you get professional help the quicker the problem will be resolved and, importantly, the cheaper will be the cost! Ask questions Being sick and in pain is scary stuff but when it comes to your body, you are your own best advocate so you need to take charge. If you aren’t 100 per cent happy with the advice or recommendations that

have been given, get a second or even a third opinion. All healthcare professionals should be confident enough in their recommendations that they are happy if you seek another opinion. Also, always ask WHY something is being recommended and ask what other options there may be. Taking drugs or getting an injection may not be the best for you. Get a health check We all know that our cars work better if we get them serviced regularly; in fact, manufacturers often won’t honour a guarantee without such servicing. Our bodies are far more complex than cars so get a check-up - a review that all your systems are working and that there are no ‘warning lights’. This is money well spent if it means you can prevent more serious problems from occurring later. Think about what doctors can’t fix The conventional healthcare system affects as little as 10 per cent of your health. The remaining 90 per cent of health outcomes are determined by factors over which only you have control: lifestyle choices, social conditions, diet and nutrition, and your environment. Take steps to enhance your own well-being and you’ll be healthier than relying solely on the healthcare system. Take charge of yourself in 2013!

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Health trends for 2013


ARKETING communications group JWT predicts 2013 will bring vegan babies, allergy-cautious menus and beestings to cure joint pains. It also envisages people being more likely to turn off their phones and disconnect from their busy lifestyles. Instead they will spend time focusing on healthy eating and living carefully. Here are a few trends JWT predict for the year: Adult playgrounds Cities worldwide are trying to tackle obesity and overall inactivity by designing playgrounds for adults. Complete with workout equipment, these spaces are meant to encourage adults to get more active. Allergen-free With food allergies rising worldwide, companies will build facilities dedicated to manufacturing foods free of allergens like dairy, peanuts, egg, soy and shellfish. Bee venom Bee venom therapy – an ancient practice that dates back to Egypt, Greece and China – involves systematically stinging patients suffering from joint and nerve conditions including arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Detox For some, a new year means cleansing bodies and ridding junk from their diets and cupboards. But 2013 will also see detoxing our homes and the environment around us. Fitness on the go Hotels are designing guest rooms to accommodate people doing yoga or cardio, or providing workout videos. Food sharing Experts predict 2013 will be the year for peer-topeer services like carsharing and accommodation-sharing. A new trend, food-sharing, has people sharing their homemade meals with others. JOMO It’s the flip side of FOMO or the fear of missing out. In 2013, people will find a joy in missing out on things (JOMO), so they can slow down, savour the moment and focus on what’s really important in their lives. Vegan babies As veganism (the refusal to consume animal products including dairy and eggs) gains more interest among families, more parents are starting to spread their eating habits to their newborns. Guilt-free chocolate Creators will cut the fat, preservatives and artificial flavouring and offer

consumers a healthier version of chocolate. Online groceries In 2013, online grocery shopping will slowly become more mainstream as consumers start to shop from the comfort of home.

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All or nothing in booze stakes S

O here we are. Double digitdays, untold hours and minutes into the brave new year. How are your resolutions working out? Or did you wisely abstain from making any heartfelt pledges in the days following the Christmas excess? ‘Everything in moderation’, as one particularly insightful relative always points out, sipping on her one small sherry while I merrily tuck into my fifth glass of bubbly. The problem is that I am woefully bad at living life in moderation. Excess is simply so much more fun: ‘All or nothing’ would be a more appropriate motto for me, which is why I am now approaching halfway through a ‘dry’ January. The first few days were a breeze. There really is nothing like a good old New Year’s Eve knees-up followed by a stinking hangover to reinforce the vows of ‘never again’. Taking refuge in Northern Europe nicely circumnavigated the pitfalls of Kings Day festivities, which could otherwise have rocked my resolve. But as the days pass, it is

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easy to lose sight of the original reasons for the detox. Back in Spain, friends blink bewilderedly at me when refusing a copa. It seems a foreign concept here, maybe it’s just further north we inflict these periods of abstinence on ourselves? By Day 10, I am pretty sure my liver is like a newborn baby’s and surely a breath test would confirm me a pseudo-saint, halo and all? To strengthen my resolve, I have canvassed advice on how to persevere, which I am of course delighted to share with you here. It might seem blindingly obvious, but you have to remove yourself from the haunts you usually frequent, especially if the

NEW YEAR: Have you made any heartfelt pledges? bartender produces your ‘regular’ as soon as you walk through the door. This is the time to seek out cafés, juice bars or anywhere without a drinks’ licence really. Diversion tactics are also important; you need to fill the time you have created with something else. Perhaps one of

the other resolutions, such as hiking or ballroom dancing? Both are infinitely easier with a clear head and clean blood. Or if physically challenged, why not start a blog for your friends and family in distant countries. Every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to write one these days and with a

bit of luck some talent scout might discover your literary skills and give you a whopping publishing contract. Trend-setters say that aliens are the new vampires as far as fiction is concerned, so start your masterpiece now. Move over, JK Rowling! Look in the mirror. Chances are your skin is more luminous, eyes clearer and, assuming you didn’t replace the pints with pies, you may well be a bit trimmer, too. Still missing the Merlot? Police in Spain are clamping down on drink drivers and even with the best intentions, it can be hard to judge the alcohol in your glass, so save yourself a bundle of cash and a stint in the penitentiary, not to mention any horrid accidents. In fact, the only legal way to ship you to and from the bar (except walking) is by horse, since they have a mind of their own, so maybe use your dry January to take some riding lessons, setting you up for a galloping return to the social fold come February.


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Casa Kon-Tiki - even better than before By Bryan Rand

THE man fondly known as John the fish, a title he has earned for his excellent quality traditional fish and chips, has returned to Casa Kon Tiki. After a year’s absence the old team is back. Chris (the dish) and John have already revitalised this excellent restaurant. It is a long time since I visited the restaurant in Los Boliches and a lot has changed since my last visit. It was good then, it’s even better now. There is a range of main meals priced at just €5 including steak pie, chilli con carne or a roast dinner to name but a few. There is also a range of over 20 tapas available at €1 each. These are served between midday and 6pm Monday to Saturday. Part of the charm of Casa Kon Tiki is the open style kitchen, you can see your food being cooked and the bustle of the chefs as they prepare yet another delightful meal. The extensive a la carte menu offers a range of starters priced at €3.95 and include a delicious Prawn Pil Pil, which is marinated prawns sautéed in olive oil with garlic and chilli. There is also a mushroom version of this dish. Prawn cocktail and pate are also available. Casa Kon Tiki is considered to be the Fish and Chip Emporium and John’s cod fillets in homemade batter should

GOOD REPUTATION: Serving reasonably priced, freshly prepared meals. not be missed. Sundays are exceptional with an incomparable Sunday carvery offering roast beef, pork, ham and turkey with all the trimmings including cauliflower cheese and Chris’s famous gravy. All this for just €7.95. I was very impressed with the lamb shank; fall off the bone meat served with mint and rosemary sauce and boiled potatoes. Absolutely mouth-watering! There is something for everyone on the menu from Spaghetti

Bolognese to a Big Mixed Grill. This restaurant has built its reputation on reasonably priced, freshly prepared, quality meals. Casa Kon Tiki has comfortable seating for 85 inside and more space on the front terrace. It is situated on the second street behind the Hotel Yaramar which is on the Paseo and is open from midday, seven days a week. John can be contacted on 678 292 792 and Chris on 664 028 310. Casa Kon Tiki also caters for parties and functions.


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Flavourful food at Sai By Bryan Rand

TUCKED away just off the main road in La Cala de Mijas is the Sai Indian Restaurant. The restaurant has been under the same ownership for some years and has a reputation for good food and the young chef who is clearly proud of the meals he prepares has mastered the art of the tactical blending of spices to produce constantly flavourful Indian cuisine. Sai has an extensive menu with over 80 dishes that are available to eat in or takeaway. All the dishes are reasonably priced as are the drinks from the well stocked bar. The restaurant itself is pleasantly furnished with nicely laid tables and has a light airy feel to it. At one end is the kitchen with a service hatch which allows full view to the gleaming fittings. Sai offers all their traditional dishes to a spiciness of the customer’s choice either mild, medium, hot and very hot. From experience I can say that the flavour and spiciness of the dishes served at Sai is consistent. On my last visit I tried an excellent Chicken bhuna (€7.50), a mild chicken dish prepared with spices, tomato and onion, accompanied by a freshly baked naan bread (€2). The chicken was beautifully marinated and almost melted in my mouth and the naan was plump, soft and hot. The food prices at Sai are

Constantly good Indian cuisine.

reasonable and it is interesting to see that they have a large Asian clientele, a good sign that the food is authentic. If you fancy an Indian meal in the comfort of your own home Sai offers a full takeaway service.

The restaurant is open every day from 5pm, the service is very friendly and parking is usually easy to find just a short distance from the restaurant.

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The Captain’s Bar

THE Captain’s Bar has now fully re-opened after a full refurbishment. The Bar is now lovely and bright with a ‘beach house’ feel, a bar area furnished with barrels and high stools and an airy terrace for dining. There are also two large outdoor terraces, two pool tables and a darts board for the more sporty among you! Situated in Las Adelfas, just a short


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hop from La Cala, the Captain’s is easy to reach. Just head up the hill from Mercadona and take a right at the cross-roads or leave the carretera at exit 202, direction Fuengirola, Marbella and swing a right up the hill. The kitchen is now fully open with a wide range of meals including half rack of ribs, fresh salmon, ricotta and spinach cannelloni and

hickory chicken. There are a range of starters and tapas and also mixed platters to share if you fancy a little bar snack. Fish & chips are served all day Friday and the Sunday lunch is famous in the local area. There is

also a quiz night on Thursday (book ahead, it’s always busy) and Saturday Steak Night with two steaks, all the trimmings and a bottle of wine for just €22.50. The staff are friendly and welcoming and, due to their previous experience at Dibleys, come with a well deserved reputation for excellence. Why not pay them a visit, you won’t be disappointed. Tel: 952 493 042.

Festive feasts pile on the pounds THE average person will have consumed 38,000 calories over the festive period and gained up to 6lbs in weight. The figures were compiled by weight-loss experts Vitagetics, who found the typical adult gorges on the equivalent of 15 days worth of food between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, the average person consumed 15,000 calories. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings has an average 1,450

calories and alcohol also added to the indulgence with two glasses of mulled wine adding 490 calories and two glasses of champagne 178 calories. The recommended calorie allowance for an eight-day period is around 20,000 for men and 16,000 for women.

CALORIE COUNTING: Forget it at Xmas!

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BAKER’S DOZEN: Always serving extra to avoid punishment.

Why a baker’s dozen is always thirteen MANY societies throughout history had extremely strict laws concerning baker’s wares. For example in

Ancient Egypt should a baker be found cheating someone, their ear would be nailed to the door of their

bakery. In Babylon if a baker was found to have sold a ‘light loaf’ the baker’s hand would be chopped off. Similarly, harsh measures could be historically found throughout Europe. As it wasn’t that hard when we used to have supper to accidentally cheat a (which used to be a light meal.) customer, given the exacting standards required, bakers began giving more than outlined to make sure they went over and never under. In England it became common practice that if a customer ordered a dozen loaves of bread they would be given 13. Likewise, when selling any quantity, 13 measures were given when only 12 were purchased. This made sure the baker would never Breakfast, traditionally accidentally break the law and be subject to the biggest meal of the day. severe punishments.

Dinner for breakfast THE English word for dinner comes from the French word ‘disnar,’ meaning breakfast. Traditionally, dinner (meaning breakfast) was the first meal of the day, eaten around noon. It also happened to be the biggest meal of the day, with a lighter repast coming later, known as supper. Eventually more meals started being added to the day with people eating before the large noon dinner. Rather than calling these earlier meals that broke the fast by the word meaning breakfast (dinner), the name stuck as meaning the largest meal of the day. As time passed the largest meal got moved to later in the day until it was eaten


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Linking food flavours

AMERICAN scientists have investigated the chemical links

Saving animals on death row

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They discovered ingredients with the same flavour compounds and chemicals that give food its taste are often combined together, such as strawberries and cream. Some food groups, such as mushrooms, fish and nuts, have few flavour links, so are unlikely to be combined. But chocolate shares many flavour compounds with other foods, and could explain why it is used in savoury dishes as well as a sweet treat. QUICK DIP: Revellers enjoying the January swim. FIVE THOUSAND EUROS has been raised at the seventh New Year’s Day sponsored swim in Fuengirola. Hosted by the Caribbean Bar in Carvajal, in association with Association 4 Paws Adoptions, more than 250 people attended and took part in the swim, raffle, BBQ and auction. The top prize was a nine-night cruise for two people, tickets for which had been sold in the UK, Finland, Italy and Spain, with the winner present on the day. Association 4 Paws Adoptions saves the lives of animals on death row, known as the ‘perrera,’ and receive no funding from the town hall, relying solely on donations and fundraising events.



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Good eggs EGGS have been a normal part of the human diet for centuries. However, there are some myths that surround their consumption. The notion that eating just the whites is healthier than the whole egg is false. Egg whites contain little nutrition, mostly just a little protein and sodium. The yolk contains a lot of nutrients not available anywhere else, including the amino acid leucene, which triggers muscle growth and fatburning. Egg yolks also contain choline, vital for healthy cell membranes, and brain-function. Eggs do contain cholesterol, but not necessarily large amounts. And studies have shown that eating

NO MYTH: Eggs are a normal part of the human diet. cholesterol does not necessarily make cholesterol levels go up. Also, eggs won’t cause obesity; one egg has just 70 calories which are balanced, with six grammes of protein, and five grammes of unsaturated fat.

And the protein in eggs causes a release of glucogen, a hormone that makes the body burn fat stores. Finally, raw eggs don’t have more nutrients. Eggs cook at such a low temperature that no nutrients are damaged.

Top of the crops PERSIMMONS are the fastest-selling exotic fruit in Britain. Sales of the fruit overtook kiwi, mangos and avocados in the build up to Christmas and more than four million persimmons were sold in British supermarkets in 2012. The growth is believed to be largely down to its health benefits. They are rich in vitamins A and C and have twice as much fibre per 100g than an apple. Nothing is wasted; the whole fruit can be eaten, including the skin.

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A Licencia de Segunda Ocupación is important

RECENTLY, I wrote about the importance of obtaining a Licencia de Primera Ocupacion before you pay any money for your new-build property in Spain. This is an essential document and you should never sign an Escritura, unless this has been issued and your lawyer has confirmed, in writing, that he has a copy. However, much the same applies to resale properties although the relevant document is Nick Snelling called a Licencia de Segunda Ocupacion. Like the Licencia de Web master and author of 5 books including: Primera Ocupacion, this RESALE PROPERTIES: Always check with your lawyer. ‘How to Buy Spanish Property and Move to Spain – Safely’ and ‘The document is issued by Laptop Entrepreneur’ the local town hall and, It indicates that your This is something that many town in theory, certifies that a intended property may halls will not issue unless a property property is legal and therefore entitled be subject to infrastructure works has been fully urbanised (i.e. situated to be connected to all the necessary (‘Land Grab’) and certainly means that in an area with street lighting, paveservices, such as electricity, mains obtaining mains water, electricity or a ments, mains drainage, mains water, water and a landline telephone. landline will be impossible, should the electricity, landline telephone, etc). Unfortunately, not all lawyers acting property lack any (or all) of these In fact, many old housing estates in for a buyer apply for a Licencia de services. Furthermore, it may mean Spain are only partly urbanised, which Segunda Ocupacion during their that the property concerned has can make life tricky for foreign buyers, conveyancing of a resale property and serious legality issues. who may be ill-advised by their lawyer few buyers know about its importance Over the past few months, or agent and think that their property to insist upon it being an inherent part Iberdrola have been threatening to is free from potential liabilities just of the conveyancing process. cut off the electricity of a number of because it is located on an estate. As a consequence, it is not properties in my own general area The Licencia de Segunda Ocupacion uncommon to find property owners because they are still on ‘builder’s is far from a property buyer’s problem with significant problems with their electrics’. ‘catch all’ and you must not consider it properties and sometimes potentially Iberdrola have stated that they will as such. However, being unable to considerable financial liabilities. not continue supplying electricity to obtain it should be an indication that Being unable to obtain a Licencia de the home owners, unless they can all is not well with your intended Segunda Ocupacion should act as a provide a Licencia de Segunda property. Ask your lawyer to apply for ‘red flag’ to you, as a buyer. Ocupacion. one and, if not, find out why.

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From Menton to Murcia, Monaco to Montbrison, Carnival company dancer Lauren Shakespeare has visited and performed across Europe during the last few years. Now, as she prepares to travel to Hong Kong, she speaks to Gemma Quinn about how she got involved in La Sal de Torrevieja. How did you first get involved in carnival dancing and become a member of La Sal de Torrevieja? I am a trained dancer but it was pure chance and coincidence really that I found out about the group. My other half plays ice hockey in Elche and one of the player’s wives is the dance captain in the group and he just happened to mention that they needed members and so I went along.”

How members there?

many are

There are around 25 members who practice and rehearse once or twice a week with around 12 travelling to take part in Carnivals at any one time. Conchi is


Dancing queen bound for Far East

our manager and is in charge of all our bookings, liaising with our international manager, Fulvio.

• Name: Lauren Shakespeare • Age: 28 • Originally from: Wirral, England • Lives: Playa Flamenca, Orihuela Costa • Hobbies: Walking my 2 dogs, spending time with my family • Day job: Cambridge 800 weight plan consultant and deputy manager at Medaesthetics • Night job: Choreographer/dancer (Beatz

What is it like being the only English member in the troupe? It was a little scary the first time I went away with the girls to take part in a Carnival in France as no one spoke any English and you are travelling on a bus across the country and sharing a room with them, but it has certainly improved my Spanish!

The costumes are quite elaborate, how long do they take to make? There are around 10 costumes for us all and they take months to

make, it is big business. They are constructed and stored in warehouses across Torrevieja and when we arrive for a Carnival we have to assemble them all the night before. They weigh around 2530kg and it is nothing like I have ever done before. I trained in classical ballet, tap, Latin American, modern and this is not technically difficult but it is a heavy weight to carry around when you are walking in heels for a long parade

route where you are constantly performing.

What has been your favourite Carnival to take part in? My most memorable was in March 2011 when we went to Italy for the San Remo flower festival. I’ve never been to Italy before and we were in a lovely hotel and the people were so stylish. But I am really looking forward to going to Hong Kong next month!

Dance Company) and dancer in La Sal de Torrevieja • Guilty pleasure: Party rings • Biggest achievement: Dancing in street carnivals around Europe (and now Asia) • Would most like to meet: Darcy Bussell • Favourite Food: Chocolate • Favourite Film: Love Actually • Best thing about Spain: Hopping into the pool at the end of a long summer’s day • Worst thing: The paperwork


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New laws could affect your dog

GERMAN SHEPHERD: Now listed as dangerous.

Pretty boy lessons WITH the proper technique, parrots can be trained to say the right words when required. They can talk because their tongue is shaped like humans. Of all parrot species, the easiest to train to speak are African Greys. Generally, the smaller the parrot, the harder they are to be taught to speak. Parrots can easily

remember and mimic words that are spoken when excited, which is why almost the first word they learn is ‘hi’ or ‘hello’, because these words are often said in a heightened, excited tone. This is also the reason why parrots learn to curse. It’s also best to train parrots during feeding because they can be excited when presented with a bowl of fruit.

SAVED: Two dogs survived the iconic boat tragedy.

ALL dogs irrespective of breed or age need a dog licence which is free from the local ‘Ayuntamiento.’ Without a registration the fines are extremely heavy. Spain has announced new laws No 50/99 which could affect you. A list of dogs considered dangerous has been drawn up as follows:Pit Bull and all Bull breeds All Mastiffs Canary Island Prey Dog Caucasian Shepherd Bordeaux Brazilian Fila Akita Doberman Rottweiler Corsican Can German Shepherds. Most dogs over 25 kilos are included on the list. For more information ask

at your local town hall. The new decree prohibits the training of dogs to attack, or to guard or defend their owners or to give them any sort of training that might increase their aggressiveness. Fines vary from €2,400 to €15,025. Dogs are banned from areas where children play. A lost dog must be reported to the police immediately. Dangerous dogs must be muzzled in public and on a short (one metre) lead. All dogs that have any record of aggression or any dog that shows aggressive behaviour or any dog considered by

the authorities to be dangerous, must now be registered and in possession of a special ‘Licencia Municipal’. Spain is a federal country and has 17 different Comunidades or regions with their own parliament, government and laws. A law in one Comunidad could be different from a similar law in another, therefore I strongly urge you to check with your local municipality. In Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and other large cities a list has been made of dogs which could potentially be dangerous, and the Rottie, Doberman, Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Akita Dogo de Burdeos, Staffordshire, Presa Canaria, Fila Brasilero, are on the list, and also their crossbreeds. Even if your dog is not one of those listed

breeds, but has bitten a person in the past, it will be classified as if it was on the list. If you want to own a dog which is on the dangerous list, you have to go and see a psychologist and do a test on a computer (not difficult) just the same as for driving a car. It costs between €60 and €72. If you are a Spanish resident you will have to apply for a document from the Ministry for the Interior, confirming you do not have a criminal record. If you are not a resident in Spain, you have to apply for such a document in your country of origin and have it translated into Spanish. Take the originals with you to your local town hall.

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of the Titanic. They escaped with their owners in lifeboats that were almost empty. Miss Margaret Hays of New York saved her Pomeranian and Henry Sleeper Harper of the Harper publishing house saved his Pekinese Sun Yat Sen.

LUCY isn’t so much our pet, but she is always on our doorstep at meal times and likes to sleep on our windowsill in the sunshine. It’s much more rewarding to have adopted a stray rather than to have bought a pedigree breed, they have much more personality. Rachel Sweeney, Javea DON’T STRAY: Lucy is a member of the family. Submit fun pet pictures to, in as high a resolution as possible. Please include name of the pet, your full name, where you live and if relevant a couple of lines to explain the circumstances of the photo. Due to space restrictions not all submissions will be used.

RABBIT obesity is among the number one killers of pet rabbits. Not only will it lower their quality of life, but will shorten it abruptly. The top cause of rabbit obesity is spoiling them too much with treats, as it is sometimes difficult for owners to keep track of how much they are given, along with the wrong food.

Bunnies getting fat Obese rabbits will eventually develop cardiovascular problems, diabetes, arthritis, skin problems, and feet problems that slowly shorten their life. But symptoms appear only when the condition is

severe leaving a very small window for treatment. Vigilance is the number one shield against rabbit obesity. Be mindful; regulate the diet, encourage exercise and organise regular vet check-ups.

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Boat insurance compulsory in Spain UNLIKE the UK, boats in Spain are obliged by law to have at least third party liability insurance; even if a craft is not in the water it really should be insured. If a boat is stopped by a Guardia Civil patrol out on the water and found to be without insurance then the boat invariably will be impounded and the owner fined. Often the fine will be greater than the cost of an insurance policy so whichever way you look at it, no insurance is hardly a risk worth taking; controls are often and fines are punitive. For a compulsory third party insurance from Edward William Marine Services, say for a family four-seater speed boat, capable of 17 knots or more, for water-skiing the premiums start from €170 per annum, valid anywhere, with €2 million cover as standard. Good value when you consider a Spanish marine insurance equivalent usually covers national waters only, not France or Gibraltar, only

ON COURSE: The team at Edward William Marine Services. has €96,500 property damage, personal injury €120,000 per person, with an overall maximum of cover €241,000 ‘for any one occurrence’, as it is termed. Edward William Marine Services is a traditional company, with old-fashioned values. Their tagline is simple

and to the point: ‘Marine insurance for any boat, any waters, any use, anywhere’. Their insurance policies are available in English or Spanish. The insurance certificates come in an international format with further options of both a Spanish and or English copy at no extra charge. So

wherever you sail, whatever waters you enter, your boat is properly covered and you know it. All boats are considered and then invariably accepted for insurance. All agents have underwriter experience and are authorised to make a decision there and then. At

Edward William ‘there is a premium for every risk’, all you have to do is ask or go online to It’s important to understand just what you are getting with insurance, especially if you are new to boats. Their website is simple and to the point. Every boat and owner are unique and individually catered for. Edward William have built strong reputations for quality marine insurance and personal service in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, The Americas, The Pacific Rim and the Caribbean. In the last 13 years they have been building up that same reputation here in Spain. So, if you’re in any boat business, quality ‘introducers’ with integrity are welcome and remunerated for their efforts. If you are a boat owner yourself give them a call on 952 476 090 and get a quote for your boat today. Any boat, any waters, any use, anywhere.

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Thursday •BRIDGE CLUB Los Boliches: 645 684 756. •HARMONY SINGING in Benalmadena Costa 952 560 651. •ROTARY CLUB MarbellaGuadalmina: 2pm lunch at Restaurante Cortijo del Guadalmina, San Pedro de Alcantara. 952 888 077.

Friday •ADANA COFFEE MORNING, 11am in Plaza Manilva (Estepona): 952 800 975. •BRIDGE CLUB Los Boliches meets at Cafe Manilla 1.45-5pm. New players welcome. 951 081 984 / 645 684 756.

•ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY OF ST ANDREW Services every Sunday 9.30am at Iglesia San Miguel Calahonda; 9.30am Capilla San Jose Benalmadena; 10.30am Cemetery Chapel Alhaurin el Grande, 11.30am St Andrew’s Church Los Boliches. 952 580 600 or •ANGLICAN CHURCH Costa del Sol West: Holy Communion Sundays. 952 808 605. •ARK CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Fuengirola - Evangelical family church Sundays 11am. 952 592 171. •CALAHONDA BAPTIST CHURCH: Calle San Jeronimo 1. Worship Sunday 11am with Sunday School. President Terry Webb 952 815 528. •CALAHONDA CHURCH - Evangelical Christian Fellowship - Sundays


•PAD OPEN DAY first Sunday of month: 952 486 084.

•BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY group meets at Marbella sangha in English at 8.30pm. Contact or 952 852 190.

•SEPE CAR BOOT SALE, La Alqueria, last Sunday of month: 610 775 413.

•U3A Marbella COFFEE MORNING 11am. or 622 670 158. •TRIPLE S SOCIETY Sports and Social club meets at noon at Lauro Golf Clubhouse on the A404 between Alhaurin el Grande and de la Torre. 952 411 463. •PETANCA Arroyo de la Miel, 10am. Play opposite the library up the slope. €1, beginners welcome. 952 566 079. •COMEDY SHOW ‘Lifting’. Four women exploring the themes of physical appearance and plastic surgery. Teatro Alameda, Malaga. Until January 19. 952 213 412

Saturday •MALAGA HASH HOUSE HARRIERS; a drinking club with a running problem. Meet friendly people who enjoy running and walking in the Malaga countryside., or 637 544 761. •CAR BOOT SALE at petrol station Europe on A357 between Cartama and Alora.

Sunday •ICE Coffee morning: or 952 802 549.

Email Fax 952 440 887 Post Euro Weekly News, Calle Moscatel 10, P-62, Poligono Industrial Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Benalmadena, Malaga.

•ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS in English, Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Fuengirola, 12pm. 952 474 840.

4.30pm. 952 588


•CHURCH OF SCOTLAND Service Lux Mundi, Fuengirola, Sundays 10.30am. 951 260 982. •BAPTIST CHURCH, Arroyo del la Miel: Sunday English Service 4pm, Conjunto Zodiaco, Edificio Aries, Calle Sagitario. Call 952 447 967. •ELIM FAMILY FELLOWSHIP Sunday service: 11am in Benalmadena Costa and 3.30pm in San Pedro de Alcantara. www.elimfamilyfellowship. 695 115 496. •EVANGELICAL CHURCH, Paseo Maritimo 77, Los Boliches. Sunday ‘Breaking of Bread’ at 2.45pm; worship and Bible teaching at 4pm. Wednesday Bible study and prayer at 7.30pm. 952 460 728.

•ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS in English in the Parish Church of Virgen del Carmen y Santa Fe at 5.30pm. Marbella Sunday 11am at Calvario Church. 951 153 340. •ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS in English, Arroyo de la Miel Parroquia de la Inmaculada, Plaza de la Estacion, with Father Joe Crawford, Saturdays 1pm. •THE WAY – Christian Counselling Ministry – Fuengirola. 634 369 414 or 663 708 224. •GLORYHOUSE International Christian Centre, La Nogalera, Torremolinos. Charity shop Monday-Saturday. Sunday service 11am. 951 210 300 or 679 740 825 •ST JOSEPH’S CHAPEL, Las Rampas. Roman Catholic Mass daily at 11am. Benediction on Thursdays and a Vigil Mass every Saturday at 7pm. Closed Saturday mornings.

GIBRALTAR: A trip to The Rock.

•COSTA BOOK CLUB, Hotel Tamisa, second Monday of month. 677 251 058.

•LUX MUNDI Gibraltar trip. Thursday January 17. Cable Car, seeing Barbary Apes, guided tours, Gibraltar Museum, and duty free English food. Departure times: 6.45am Algarrobo, 6.50am Caleta, 7am Torre del Mar Bus Station and 8am Fuengirola Bullring and Feria Ground.

•ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION meets third Monday of each month at the Peacock Bar, Ave de Bonanza, Arroyo de la Miel at 2pm.

•GAMES: Whist Mondays, Dominoes Thursdays, 2pm at Bar Calla Bella in La Cala Village. Proceeds to Mijas La Cala Lions Club. 633 748 558. •MOTHER AND TODDLER GROUP The Ark Christian Fellowship, Fuengirola, Tuesday and Thursdays 11am.

• ESTEPONA, Casares and Manilva Jewish Social Club meet regularly for various social events etc. or

•BRIDGE CLUB Los Boliches meets at Cafe Manilla 1.45-5pm. New players welcome. 951 081 984 / 645 684 756.

•THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, Benalmadena Branch meets at The Lounge, Avda Bonanza, Benalmadena Costa at 10.30-11am. 952 442 655.

•FUN PAELLA NIGHTS at The Yucatan, San Pedro, in aid of animal rescue: €15 without drinks. 952 781 177 or

•THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION meets throughout the week, various locations. /spain-south/branches.

•ALANON – Help for family and friends of alcoholics – 8.30pm. 670 635 201.

•ROYAL ANTEDILUVIAN ORDER OF BUFFALOES España No 1 Lodge meet at Woodies/Peacock Bar, Avenida de Bonanza, Benalmadena at 7pm. 952 563 950.

•AGE CARE ASSOCIATION drop-in centres various locations: 691 761 088 or www.agecare CHARITY SHOP, El Zoco, Calahonda, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.

•THE INTERNATIONAL TABLE TENNIS CLUB welcomes new players of good club standard or higher. Play every Thursday and Sunday, no membership fees. 952 373 813.


•WELSH SOCIETY COFFEE MORNINGS, 11am on last Monday of month at Bar Mediterranea, Avenida Gamonal in Arroyo de la Miel. 622 922 207.


•THE GOOD COMPANIONS CLUB Los Boliches: 952 494 730.

•TABLE-TENNIS CLUB, Benalmadena. Children welcome. 663 138 062 or

•ROYAL ANTEDELUVIAN ORDER OF BUFFALOES Benalmadena Costa: 952 563 950.

•DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER’S plans for a support/advice group.


•MARBELLA HEALING CIRCLE fortnightly: www.marbellahealing

•LIONS CLUB La Cala de Mijas: Second and fourth Wednesday of month. 952 494 323.

•AGE CARE ASSOCIATION: El Zoco, Calahonda 11am-1pm. 655 903 182.

•SOUTHERN SOUND BARBERSHOP CHORUS Lux Mundi, Fuengirola, 5pm-6pm. 952 473 051.

•SEPE COFFEE MORNING, La Alqueria: 610 775 413.

•AGE CONCERN Estepona and Manilva: acesteponaymanilva@ or 650 163 928.

•ACE BRIDGE, 4pm at Pueblo Lopez, Fuengirola. Computer scoring also Monday, Thursday and Saturday. 952 485 678 or

•BRIDGE CLUB Casaes: 655 459 576 or www.bridgeweb/ •COLMENAR DISTRICT SOCIAL CLUB: 951 163 071. •LUX MUNDI DUTCH LANGUAGE LIBRARY, Calle Nueva, Fuengirola, 3pm-5pm. •MABS Cancer Support Group: 952 833 568.

Wednesday •CHICAGO BRIDGE, Estepona, small friendly group. 4.30pm Age Concern drop-in centre. 952 780 243. •COFFEE MORNING and Charity Shop every Wednesday 10.30am-12.30pm in St Andrew’s Church Los Boliches 952 580 600

•THE ACHIEVERS TOASTMASTERS CLUB, Nueva Andalucía: 646 533 112.

•FREETHINKERS GROUP: Informal get-togethers for humanists, rationalists, secularists, atheists, agnostics and sceptics to exchange views and ideas and have social outings with likeminded people. costadelsolfree •MARBELLA SINGLES Social Group meets socially for drinks and dinners. For singles in the over 45 age group. English speaking, any nationality. 617 662 538/

•TORREMOLINOS & DISTRICT SOCIAL CLUB meets at The Bailey off Plaza de la Independencia, Torremolinos. 952 386 172.

Coming Up

•ANDALUCIAN RESCUE CENTRE FOR HORSES are holding a horse tack sale on the first Wednesday of the month at the stables behind Miralmonte.

•TASTE SENSATIONS exploring the history of La Colegiata de Santa María La Mayor through sensory stimulation. January 19. 951 700 737.

•PARASOL SINGERS, friendly amateur singing group, welcomes new members who can hold a tune. Rehearse between Sabinillas and Estepona. 692 558 041 or

•BALLROOM DANCING Tikitano Restaurant, February 6. Full English cream tea and ballroom instruction, 3.30pm-6pm, €15. Tickets 690 083 113.

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Awnings ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Please see our main ad on page 102. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshades

UK CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT providing tax and accounting advisory service. Emergency UK tax returns also handled. Full translation service offered. Call Jonathan Porter FCA on 678 451 788 or email (204405)

BLINDS, awnings, mosquito screens, curtains, vast choice. All areas covered! Coast and inland. 655 825 931 (202721)

Bath Repairs

AIRFLOW Air conditioning for cooling and heating units. Professional, fully guaranteed installations. Tel: 952 443 222 (203104)

BATHOLOGIST. Specialist in repairing chipped baths or refurbishing old / worn baths. No mess or disruption. 678 808 837

AIR CONDITIONING repairs and servicing. Airflow. 952 443 222 (203104)


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

BEDS, Massive January Sale of new top quality British beds or just mattresses at unbeatable prices. Also top brands of bankrupt stock including Silentnight, Sealy, Rest Assured etc. Direct from our new larger premises on the Camino de Coin (A7053) km 13 heading out of Fuengirola - opposite RDMC’s and Woods Direct. Tel 634 187 700 / 600 633 986 (200651)


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


PROJECTS, constructions, new buildings, extensions, reforms, licenses & legalizations. cheda 680 700 430 (204223)

ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadeslacala@hot (101730)

Building Services

Business For Sale

Car Hire

PLASTERING, rendering, dry lining, coving, suspended ceilings. Fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. All work guaranteed. 689 515 558 (96789)

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

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

PLASTERING, RENDERING, Water damage. Tradesman, over 20 year’s experience, references available. Call: 618 776 864 (100417) Jim’s home improvements. bathrooms / kitchen reforms, repairs, plumbing, carpentry, painting, tiling, maintenance. Give us a call no job too small. 692 207 799 / 645 559 423 (204228) CONCRETE Ozbuild specialist imprinted concrete. Reseals, brickwork, tiling, plastering, screeding. 10 years coast/campo. Competitive prices, quality finish. 952 426 074 / 606 745 920 www.ozbuildspain. com Quote EWN when calling (200763) SWINGLES CASAS SL. For all your building needs. Visit for more details or call 952 428 067 / 666 960 262 (202607)

UPHOLSTERY for boat cushions in fabric and leather, boat cover for sailing and motor boats. phone 647 764 426 (204415)


Bespoke Clothing


SOLAR BLINDS ES Ideal for large glazed areas to reflect heat / glare and stop furniture fading and still keep the view. SAVE HEAT IN THE WINTER TOO improve your living environment. Tel Ian 644 546 176 (204325)

EXPRESS Toldos. Any colour, any size. Choice of pattersn. Roller shutters supplied and fitted. Urbanisations catered for. Express ordering. Express delivery. Express fitting. 952 485 261 or 617 065 636

Air Conditioning

AIR CONDITIONING heating installation, servicing, repairs and regassing, 24/7. Prompt reliable service 620 020 232, 951 165 090 (204978)


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

DAMP PROOFING DR DAMP leaking roofs, damp walls, all mould cured. All work guaranteed. Call 689 515 558 (96789) GET PUBLISHED on and other e-book websites from as little as £250 for a 50,000 word book. Contact Angela@eu (202718)

Get your free classifieds here! 952 561 245 EWN

PLASTERING PLASTERING, rendering, dry lining, coving, suspended ceilings. Fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. All work guaranteed. 689 515 558 (96789) PLASTERING, RENDERING, Water damage. Tradesman, over 20 year’s experience, references available. Call: 618 776 864 (100417)

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

Buy & Sell POOL TABLES, Snooker Tables, Table Tennis Tables, Darts. Tel: 666 933 726 (203168) SUPERPOOL est. 1985. Pool tables, boxing and mini-vending machines on profit share, also new / second hand domestic tables and accessories. Tel 629 530 233 - www.superpool (203772) CD and DVD collections large or small. TC will buy them all. Telephone 652 072 600 (200664)

Caravans PARKING, STORAGE & SALES. Caravans - Motorhomes Boats - Cars and Vans etc. Short / long term - Safe & secure, drop off & collections. Excellent rates, discount for long term, 5 mins from Fuengirola. Established 25 years. / info@eu 679 786 669 / 606 101 807 (204977) TIMBER Building SL has been a leader in a prefabricated market for the last 28 years with more than 5,500 happy customers. Ring for wooden houses, garden sheds, pergolas, reforms. 666 819 689 (204408) CASAS MOVILES EUROPA has an experience in the mobile home trade, all over Europe for the last 25 years. You can put your trust in us! Ring Jane now on 952 119 053 (204408)

CAR HIRE long term from €300 / month. Short term from €70 / week. Delivery & airport service, call 607 334 610 (200577) CAR HIRE. Quality, legal cars from €70 per week. Tel 658 031 285 (200565) CAR HIRE. Exeter Airport from £80 week. 0044 1803 312 253 / 0044 7880 921 421 lowcost (203009)

Car Transport RECOVERY SERVICE car / light plant transported, cars disposed of with official destruction certificate, fully insured. 600 868 056 (203856)

Carpentry CARPENTER cabinet maker, Irish. Available for all types of property maintenance, plumbing, painting, electrical, kitchens and bathrooms renovated etc, 30 years experience, very reliable. Tel: 952 441 955 / 677 087 575 (101611) IRISH CARPENTER. Doors, decking, kitchens, bathrooms, all aspects. Established 2002. 952 196 457, 696 064 019. (200837)

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

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

Price per word: 0,42€ + IVA minimum 15 words - Discount: Book 10 weeks, get 2 weeks free - Deadline: 4pm Mondays Contact: Phone (0034) 952 561 245 • Fax (0034) 952 440 887 • email •


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MARBELLA Chiropractic. Free spinal check. Mark Lane, Australian trained, licensed chiropractor. C.C. Guadalmina. San Pedro de Alcantara. 952 880 398 www.marbellachiroprac (101253)

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


BE CLEAN SWEEP S.C Property Management and Cleaning Company. Honest and reliable. Call 635 152 313 or 630 614 412 (200804) LEATHER Suites, Upholstery and carpets thoroughly cleaned. Tel: 952 930 472 or 667 430 518 (203082)

WINDOWS WINDOW CLEANING. Professional, reliable, affordable. Free quotes. 629 769 136 www.windowcleaningdonjose. com (201277)



Computers COSTASYS computer support and maintenance. Home and office visits. Support Contracts, ADSL, Wireless, Antivirus, Networks, PC Repairs, Hardware and Software. or call Steven 622 253 592 (89638) T1 COMPUTER HELPLINE. Desktop, laptops, upgraded, repaired. New and used supplied. Internet, Email problems solved. 952 564 274 / 677 702 501 (89597) PC PROBLEMS solved! Error messages fixed, viruses removed. Hardware and software upgrades available. Also oneto-one training. Experienced and reliable service, no call out charge. Paul 630 652 338 / 952 493 859 (200566) PC DOCTOR 20 years serving the Coast. Laptops, PC sales and repairs. In any language. We come to you. 952 591 071 FREE phone calls from your PC, learn how and other basic skills at home. Taught by mature male and female, 10€ ph, 626 980 869 / 609 292 209

WINTER MED CRUISES - 7 days for less than £300!


GARDENER. Trees, hedges, palms pruned, lawns, fencing, strimming, garden tidied, maintenance. Steve 952 485 941 / 616 669 285 / 654 320 567 (203855) MOVING SALE. Gas BBQ, Tumble dryer, sun loungers, bicycle, power tools, kids toys, Sky box, printer, shredder, many other items. Everything must go. Tel: 678 234 120 (200643)


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


CONEJO CLEANING. All types including regular rentals and holiday lets. Most areas. 20 yrs on the coast. Wendy 635 630 370 / 952 964 407. See website for out of season specials!! www.conejoclean (204417)

PROFESSIONAL cleaner / House keeper. Tel 633 461 951 (204205)

For Sale

DOMESTIC Appliance repairs washing machines, fridges, cookers, ovens, water heaters, gas / electric, professionally repaired. Christian 608 337 497

UPHOLSTERY and steam cleaning sofas, carpets etc… JA Cleaning Services 626 357 955 (86049)

L & B CLEANING services, no job too small, professional ladies. Tel 645 561 716 (200567)

TREE SURGEONS No tree too tall, removal of dead palm trees and limbs, eco gardening, mulch and manure fertilizer, palm pruning. 686 948 552 / 661 129 146 www. (204796)

Domestic App Repairs

Cleaning Services

OVEN CLEANING, domestic, commercial, complete fittings, let professional do hard, dirty work, from 35€. 632 569 282 (98222)

TONY’S MARBLE RESTORATION SERVICE. Marble and terrazo floors, professionally refurbished, quotations without obligation. +34 620 726 875 (203825)

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

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

FIND LOVE IN THE SUN w w w. i wa n t 2 m e e tyo u . c o m . Browse for free Spain’s No 1 online dating site. Bringing expats together. (204448)


Electricians ELECTRICIAN 16th Edition BS7671 qualified 24 years experience. Rewires, extra sockets, lights, fault finding etc. www.electrician Contact com Call Ian 650 151 569 (203235)

Entertainment PARTYTIME KARAOKE. Karaoke, disco, top cabaret artist, affordable entertainment, for your bar, restaurant or private party Tel: 699 767 451 (85885)

GARDENER for private homes, communities, tree pruning, pool maintenance, garden design. Specialist in water systems. Tel: 666 953 892 (100065) ARBOLISTA Tree Surgery, No. 1 for trees and palms, on the Costa since 1998. 600 260 534 - 952 117 486 Kit Hogg C.G.Arb

Gates EXPRESS Metalwork Services. Gates, grilles, rails and scissor gates. Stainless steel specialists. 952 485 261, 617 065 636.

Health & Beauty

WEIGHT LOSS or Quit Smoking Consultations. International Health Author BSc qualified. Home visits 632 731 164 any time

Heating Services COLD APARTMENT? New infra-heating panel in slimline and glass design with antidamp function, made in Germany - now available here in Spain. Unbeatable Advantages: only €10 - €15 heating cost per panel/per month. Installed in minutes. No plumber, no pipes and no maintenance needed. No cold spots any more. Ideal for studios and apartments. Prices per infraheating panel start from only €180. www.modernheatingde Tel Spain 634 234 477 (202703)

Hire Services MINI digger and driver, self drive hire available, sand and stone delivery service. 649 526 922 (204976)

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

HOT TUBS, new, used, bought, sold, hired. Also move & repairs 691 973 131 / 952 793 398 (93498)

House Clearances

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WANTED FURNITURE & household items houses gardens garages cleared top prices paid fast reliable service 639 229 607 / 649 977 723

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

MARBLE FLOORS polished. Fast service. Reliable, family run. TERRACOTTA CLEANED and sealed. Wooden floors treated. No job too small. Family run. Cleansol 10am - 10pm 7 days all areas. 952 930 861 / 607 610 578 Discount Code: EWN 1 CLEAN (201303)


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

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SAYAN MASSAGE. Your best traditional & tantric massage for ladies and gentlemen. 952 586 339 - 608 977 260 (204418) PAIN? Neck, Arms, Back, Legs. Acupressure. Fast results. No cure – no pay. Fuengirola 651 172 474 (200814)

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EU INSURANCE DIRECT Extra Special Offers. Up to €50 cash back for car and home insurance (conditions apply) for new customers. For all your Insurance Needs and the Best Price and Best Cover in English, call Wendy on 952 830 843 / 676 098 464 email in


HOSTING - Carrier grade data centre in Elviria, two diesel generators, multiple backbone symmetrical carrier-class connections, BGP4 routing, aircon, secure facilities. For dedicated housing or hostings with serious bandwidth and 99.99% uptime, we can host your servers and applications in our data centre in Elviria. Feel free to visit us to discuss your needs. 951 055 676 www.mer (200563)


SECURITY OF SPAIN – 24 HOUR LOCKSMITH – Lock / safe opening service. Locks changed / upgraded. Contact Darren, Tel 636 770 865


24 HOUR locksmith. Emergency opening of doors and safes, established since 1993. 617 921 824 LOCKSMITH Unlock doors, strong box/cars. Change security locks, emergencies, 24 hours, Marbella, 630 333 615

Miscellaneous WOODY´S LOS BOLICHES. Greeting Cards, mail to and from the UK. Passport renewals and all adverts for Euro Weekly News – display or classified. Open 9.00-2.00PM (Sat 10.00 – 2.00PM) One street behind the Confortel, just off Plaza San Rafael, Los Boliches, on C/Poeta Salvador Rueda 93 (Passports Mon to Fri Only) Tel: 952 471 877 (95705)

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


Mobile/Static Homes WE BUY, Sell, remove all types of mobile homes. We pay CASH and cover all of Spain. More details call Suzi Caley 616 250 727 / 951 063 059 or email (

LOANS AVAILABLE on all types of paintings, jewellery, watches, silver etc, any condition, immediate cash settlement. For more information call into Anthony’s Antiques & Jewellers shops extensive premises at C/Ramon y Cajal 40, Fuengirola . Silver fox furs wanted, see main advert on page 27. Mobile 609 529 633 Tel: 952 588 795 (85364)

ABBEYGATE INSURANCE If you are renewing your policy or looking for new cover. Call us, as we are the only Insurance Company in Spain to offer protection on your no claims bonus. Call 952 893 380 ABBEYGATE INSURANCE Make the right choice and join the thousands of expatriates who have. We provide a friendly personal service, for all your home, motor, health, travel or marine insurance. Call 952 893 380 (68259) HEALTH INSURANCE Competitive prices, English worded policies. Pay monthly or annually. All levels of cover. Premiums from €25 a month. Tel: 956 795 453 Abbeygate Insurance (68259) ABBEYGATE INSURANCE Car insurance exclusive for expatriates, save up to 50%. Find out about our price pledge on UK plated cars. Home insurance from €50. Tel: 952 893 380 (68259)

holaCREDITO.COM offering short term loans on your valuables. Also cash for your old GOLD, top prices paid, guaranteed. Please see web for details or call Banus office 951 319 538 (202525)

24/7 Locksmith Locksmith emergency / appointment. Doors opened without damage, locks changed, patio doors and windows secured, 24 hour honest, fast and reliable service. Call Paul 657 466 803 (93549) T1 COSTALOCKS 24/7, LOCKSMITH/ HOME SECURITY, NEW KEYS, KEYED ALIKE, WINDOWS SECURED, SAFES OPENED / INSTALLED, FREE HOME SECURITY CHECK, CALL Debby or Bob 952 660 233 / 667 668 673 CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED WWW.COSTALOCKS.COM (200741) T2

WANT TO RELOCATE? We can transport your home and install on to a 12 month park from £4,995. Annual site fees from €3,000 Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143) BRAND NEW WILLERBY Siena 32m² home sited within a stylish gated community, 45 minutes from Malaga airport £19,995 Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143) WILLERBY COTTAGE 28x10 sited in ‘La Serrana Hills’ of Pizarra, site open all year round, swimming pool, only £13,495. Want to view? Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70

24/7 Mobility MOBILITY SCOOTERS, electric wheelchairs, wheelchairs, walking frames etc for sale and hire. Delivered to home or hotel. Always a good selection of quality used scooters in stock with guarantee. e.g. used 4 wheel scooter, new batteries €350. Electric wheelchair can go into car €1,595. Rascal Eco 4 boot scooter €2,100 for €1,395. New wheelchairs from €250. Mobility scooter batteries supplied and fitted. For same day delivery phone 609 581 139. Mobility Scooters Direct. www.mobili (203240)

Mosquito Screens ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadeslacala@hot (101730) THE MOSQUITO Screen Company. Screening the coast for 10 years. Quality products at affordable prices. 622 244 116 (204121)

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


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Costa del Sol RECOVERY SERVICE car / light plant transported, cars disposed of with official destruction certificate, fully insured. 600 868 056 (203856)

FOR SALE WANTED expat owned Spanish cars. If you have a quality car with service history that you want to sell, please phone us and we will pay the top price in cash for it. Remember Robertson, the name you can trust. Over 46 years buying and selling cars and more than 26 years in Spain. We are a small family business and will make sure that all documentation is correctly taken care of. Phone Gordon 608 658 785 or ladies you can ring me, Samantha Robertson on 952 832 173. See our web page www.robert (200963) AUTOMATIC Opel Astra 2000 1.6 Comfort, one owner (nearly) silver, air condition, PAS, only 2,500 euros. Samantha and Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (200963) (NEW SHAPE) 2008 Chevrolet Matiz 0.8 litre S model, silver, only 50,000kms, approx 31,000 miles, 5 door, 5 speed, air conditioned, power assisted steering, elderly lady owner leaving Spain, small car, big bargain, was €4,500 now 3,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 608 658 785 / 952 832 173 www.robertson (200963)

CHIPS AWAY, Marbella, San Pedro. 10% discount. Tlf. 952 853 350. See advert on page 116 (204112) Sports, prestige and 4x4’s. Visit our website or telephone 661 351 877 (203056)

CAR SERVICES MECHANIC workshop & mobile. All work undertaken. ITVs done, reasonable rates, prompt, reliable services 24/7. 620 020 232, 951 165 090 CABRIOSOL soft tops, German top quality, for all Cabriolet cars & jeeps. Professional fitting, repairs & change of plastic windows. Cabrio-sol. 639 580 372 (Camino de Coin km 13.2 Mijas Golf ). Opening hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (203028)



952 83 21 73 608 658 785

AUTOMATIC gearbox specialist. Transmatic. All models including classic cars, serviced, repaired and reconditioned. Also 4x4 transfer boxes and power steering Call/fax 952 796 166 / 952 805 804 email: (200578)

DIESEL SEVEN SEATER Opel Zafira 2.2DTi, 2005, Blueline, 16 valve (125bhp), blue with alloy wheels, climate control, great people carrier, was €5,995, now €5,250. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (200963) 4X4 AUTOMATIC Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7 GLS V6 2003 model, top of the range, silver, every extra, great on bad roads, calling all campo drivers, this one is for you. Now €4,995. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 www.robertson (200963) 4X4 DIESEL MITSUBISHI Montero 3.2GLS long wheel base, 2003, “top of the range”, one lady owner, gold, alloy wheels, air con, 5 speed, was €7,995 now €6,500. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (200963) SEVEN seater automatic 2008 Toyota Corolla Verso VVTI, one owner, only 53,000kms (33,000miles), sale due to relocation, climate control, electric everything, good looking in grey with alloy wheels, now 9,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 or 608 658 785 www.robertson (200963)

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4x4 AUTOMATIC Ford Explorer XLT Limited Edition 1995, UK reg, but left hand drive, only 47,000 miles, looks right in white, air con, CD player, rarely used holiday jeep, great for bad roads and campo, now 2,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 608 658 785 / 952 832 173 www.robertson (200963) RENAULT Clio 1.2 Alize 1999, 5 door, low kms, air con, red, runaround, only 1,500 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (200963) JUST arrived SuperSport Coupe Nissan 350Z (300 BHP), only 18,000kms (approx 11,000 miles). FSH, striking in copper colour with black leather, this is a real driver’s car, see it on our web page, cost new 45,000 euros. What a bargain at 16,995 euros. Phone Gordon for more information 608 658 785 / 952 832 173. www.robertson (200963) LARGE choice of vans and multispaces, 4x4 commercials from 2008, five 600 868 056 (203856) 2004 LEXUS is 200 sport automatic, only 60,000klms, 2 owners, service history, very nice car, €6,995. 672 550 037 (203856) 2006 RENAULT Megane, 1.6 petrol, new model, 5 door, new ITV, alloys, air con etc. 3,995€ 672 550 037 (203856) TOYOTA Land Cruiser, 3.0 diesel, auto, rhd on Spanish plates, lwb, very good condition. 4,995€ 600 868 056 (203856) 2004 AUDI A4 convertible, 3.0 automatic, tiptronic, black, 130 klms, top spec, 8,995€ 600 868 056 (203856) JEEP Cherokee 1994 only 54,000klms, one owner from new, automatic, must be seen. 2,495€ px 672 550 037 (203856) RENAULT Clio 2002, 1.4 petrol, very clean car, 1,995€ 600 868 056 (203856) FIESTA diesel sport 2007, 85,0000klms, black, recaro seats, alloys, air con etc, €5,750. 600 868 056 (203856) AUDI s4 4.2 quattro silver with half leather, 6 speed, estate, Spanish plates, every extra, 8,995€. 600 868 056 (203856) 2009 Citroen Jumper, 2.2 6 speed high top van, top spec, cost €26,000, new low klms, €12,995. 600 868 056 (203856) 2007 Corsa 1.3 CDTi diesel, 80,000klm, air con, electric, etc. 5 door sport model, very nice car. €5,450 672 550 037 fivepeastrad (203856)

FIAT Doblo multi space, metallic blue 2005, 1.9 diesel, twin side doors, low klms, very good, all round, 4,750€ 672 550 037 FORD FIESTA, silver 2006 1.4 tdci, 5 door, aircon, newer shape, very clean car. 4,995€ fivepeastrad 600 868 056 (203856) TOYOTA Yaris 2007 1.4 d4d black diesel, alloys, aircon, 120,000klms f.s.h. very economical, excellent condition. 5,450€ 600 868 056 (203856) E55 AMG MERCEDES 5.5 silver, 2001, fully loaded, 130klms, full service history, very clean example. 6,995€ fivepeastrading@ (203856) BILL BRADY CARS has been established on the Costa del Sol since 1986, in which time he has helped thousands of expatriates to buy or sell their quality used Spanish cars and also keeping all the documentation simple so you understand all that is going on (which is important). You can contact Bill direct on 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 or billbrady (204276) CONVERTIBLE Peugeot 206CC 1.6 Inj 2006 new ITV (MOT), sunburst red, only 87,000klm (58,000mls) with service history, climate control, alloy wheels, fantastic opportunity for only 5,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (204276) AUTOMATIC Convertible Peugeot 307CC 2.0 Ltr 2007 only 69,000klm (49,000mls) with service history, bluetooth, parking sensors, climate control, alloy wheels and loads more, looks fabulous in metallic blue and only 8,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 bill (204276) AUTOMATIC Hyundai Matrix 1.6 Inj 2004, one private owner, with only 46,000klm (32,000mls), service history, air conditioning, elec/windows/locks, leaving Spain hence this low price, a great all purpose family MPV for only 3,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (204276) JAGUAR XF Diesel 2.7 Premium luxury, Automatic 2008, only 48.000km. Bought from main dealer Marbella, Sat/Nav, parking sensors, front and rear memory seats, too many extras to list , metallic silver, black leather, this car has been garaged since new and immaculate condition. Price slashed WAS €29.995 NOW €21.995. Tel 952 838 842, 608 950 221 (204276) AUTOMATIC/Diesel Citroen Picasso 2007, one private owner, full service history, low klm. Loads of extras, has to be seen for this price, metallic copper, a very scarce MPV for only 7,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221

FANTASTIC opportunity Ford Fiesta 1.25 Inj 16V 2009 5 door (new shape) from lady owner bought from Ford Malaga and serviced by them. Parrot hands free, great first car or coastal car, metallic silver, looks and drives fantastic, was 7,500€ NOW €6,995. 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbrady (204276) THIS has to be seen, Citroen C-3 Exclusive 1.4 Inj 5 door 2005, one private owner, only 69,000klm (48,000mls) with service history, climate control, cruise control, full electric pack, six CD changer and lots more, was 4,995€ NOW 3,995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (204276) AUTOMATIC Honda FRV 2008, six seater 1.8 I.VETEC Executive, one owner, full service history and loads of Honda extras, great saving at only 11,995€. 952 838 842 / 608 950 221. (204276) NEED A CAR? - Can’t get credit? - Self employed? Why not “Rent to Own” your next car? - No loans, no credit checks. HispAu 952 564 912 (202636) LAND ROVER 2001 Freelander TD4 2.0 Diesel. Green, A/C. Spanish plates. 125,000km, good condition. €4,500. Tel: 675 314 854 (203916) RENAULT Megane 1.9D, ITV until June, all extras, year 2000, a great car, 1,200 euros ONO. Tlf 680 603 041 (200650)

INSURANCE ABBEYGATE INSURANCE. No automatic annual increase on our Motor Insurance, renewal policies. Call 952 893 380 (68259) MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Directa on 902 123 153 for motor insurance with a human voice in English from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now! (200726)

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

REPAIRS AUTO ELECTRICAL Specialist. Over 30 years experience. Cars, commercials & boats. Latest diagnostic equipment. Petrol / diesel fuel injection problems solved. No job too small. Tel: 647 289 753 (203172)


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WANTED WANTED. CARS & JEEPS & camper vans for cash. All makes, LHD, any condition. 693 357 000 (204332) CARS, VANS UK OR SPANISH BOUGHT FOR CASH. FREE COLLECTION IN SPAIN AND UK. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837 OR 952 669 701 (101382) WANTED cars / vans / light plant, anything considered, even with paperwork problems, cash buyer, instant decisions made. 600 868 056 fivepeastrading@aol. com (203856) CAR, VANS BOUGHT WITH OR WITHOUT PAPERS. CASH WAITING 678 808 837 (101382) WANTED Legal Spanish Cars and Commercial, under 10 years old, any condition, including non-runners and damaged. Cash paid. Buyer collects. Transfer included. Tel: 605 109 796 (200754)

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


PAINTER & DECORATOR If you just want the job done, then call the rest, but if you want the job done right call the best. Sam “Simply the Best” 18 years Mijas area 952 666 025 / 629 546 128 (201280) PAINTER & DECORATOR Lounges from 120€, bedrooms, halls 60€. Paper hanging, plastering, tiling and paint spraying. Call Dennis, Calahonda. 670 774 527 (204975)

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Pest Control COCKROACHES, ANTS, insects, fleas, mice, rats, wasps, termite specialists. Fumigations, bars, restaurants, houses, etc. Sanitary department officially registered certificates. Guarantee, serving the coast since 1985. Only legal English owned pest control Company on the coast. If you want the best then phone N.P.S. Nigel 606 008 940 (95515)

Pets YOUNG DOMESTICATED cats rescued from the killing station need kind homes. Fully vaccinated and neutered, free of charge. We will also deliver to England for a donation to the charity. Please give one of these beautiful cats a home so we can save more from death. Can be seen without obligation at Cat and Dog World Kennels. Tel. 630 197 435 (93398) CHIHUAHUA pedigree puppies with passport. All year round available. 952 112 870 / 654 285 667 (200746) ACCOMPANY your pets to their new home. Fully licensed pet transport service. Denise 952 197 187 / 696 233 848 (204880)

CHARITIES ADANA THE ANIMAL SHELTER IN ESTEPONA. We always need volunteers to walk and socialise with our dogs and help with cleaning. We also need good homes for our animals that you can see on Kennels open every day 10-1.30, Camino de Casares, near Parque de los Pedregales, Estepona. (5 minutes from the Poligono) For more information call Marjorie 952 79 74 05 or 636 934 146 (93319) ACE CHARITY at El Refugio Kennels always needs volunteers to help with dog walking. It’s good exercise, a couple of hours any morning of the week. Foster and permanent homes also needed for our many inmates! Vivien 639 991 079 (93320) SEPE the horse and donkey charity is open to the public week-ends from 10.00 to 5.00. Volunteers are much needed in all departments and are welcome at anytime. For our riding for the disabled classes, we are also in need of extra helpers. We are nationally registered by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior (164640) but only with your support can we give the equine a voice. If you can just commit to 2 or 3 euros a month it will really help make a difference. You can find us at Lauro Golf Equestrian Centre, Alqueria, Alhaurin de la Torre. Tel. 608 258 950 (93321)

At SOS Animal Refuge we have dogs, young and old looking for homes. Some of our dogs have been with us for some time and would love to find a cosy spot to curl up in and a knee on which to rest their heads. If you have room in your heart and home we would love to hear from you. We do not put our dogs to sleep - no matter how old, they are safe with us. For day to day needs and to pay for veterinary care, we much appreciate the support we receive. We desperately need items to sell on our market stall to help raise funds and are happy to come and collect. So if you are having a clear-out, please contact us on 665 682 919 or 605 227 155. If you would like to know more about re-homing, please call 653 257 875. Visit our website or please phone Sandy on 952 385 923 or 666 814 056 if you would like to make a donation or help in any way. (93317) ARCH - The Andalucian Rescue Centre for Horses welcomes visitors and volunteers to their stables on Saturdays from 10 - 12 or by appointment. Come and help out, drop your children off for the Kids Club on a SATURDAY or sponsor or adopt one of our horses, donkeys or mules. We always need help with fund raising to look after the abandoned and abused animals. Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome. We are a small friendly team - why not join us. Find us in Alhaurin El Grande, behind the Venta Miralmonte on the road from Alhaurin to Coin, (A404) Urb. Viña Borrego, follow the yellow signs. Charity registered with the Junta de Andalucia No 8448. in Tel: 635 798 219 or 656 935 613 or 620 175 828 (93322)

KENNELS EURODOG Boarding Kennels and Cattery. Under new ownership, fully licensed and sanitary approved, long/short term. Mijas Costa Tel 697 731 171 SPECIAL PROMOTION for new clients at Cat and Dog World Kennels. Dogs €10 per day plus IVA Tel: 952 112 978. PETCARE PET HOTEL. Holiday accommodation for dogs and cats. Individual heating available. Introductory offers for new clients. Tel: 952 112 284 / 685 400 216 (98147) COOL KENNELS AND CATTERY. Air conditioned. Your pets lovingly cared for by English mother and daughter. Near Coin. LAGUNAKENNELS@hot Tel 952 112 021 / 606 838 983 (204248) STEFANIE’S KENNELS AND CATTERY, Estepona. Fully licensed, Junta approved, est. 1986. Viewing welcomed 952 790 943

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

Pet Transport PET-COURIERS.COM – If you love your pet try us first – we are the best. Door to door service throughout Europe. Specialised vehicles – bespoke service. Full legal service including documentation if required. For further information call or e-mail us: Tel: (0034) 651 033 670 or (0034) 637 066 227. Email: info@ or www. (95495) THE DOG MOVER. Licensed professional transporters. Two handlers, so dogs never alone. 680 781 699 / 0044 (0) 7875 947230. www.moveyourdog. com (89749)

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

Property for Sale


GREAT OPPORTUNITY. TORREBLANCA. Ideal detached villa offering two self contained separate levels - main upper level 3 beds/1 bath - lower level 1 bed / 1 bath, ideal for rental or elderly person / teenager / guests, large plot, private swimming pool and spacious garage, quiet residential area. Original asking price €299,500 - no agents fees, now €230,000. Viewing recommended - 647 647 629 MARBELLA centre, first line beach, 3 beds, 3 baths, suitable for cash buyer. Price €250,000. 671 244 683 (203209) SANTA CLARA GOLF south facing, sea views, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, intermediaries and estate agents abstain €475.000 Tel: 630 313 814 (203858) A LOVELY 2/3 bed apartment in La Cala. Fantastic sea views, satellite, parking, pool, recently refurbished, 92,500 euros. Tel: 603 584 979 / 666 340 298 (200647) PUERTO BANUS - Price reduced. Private sale. Four bedroomed townhouse, Condes de Iza. 0044 (0)7801 427 884 (200913) ALHAURIN - For sale, park home, two beds, 22,500€ 634 359 716 simmoc1941@yahoo. (204814)

PET TRANSPORTATION by air. Complete service from professional licensed kennels. 630 197 435

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

ACCOMPANY your pets to their new home. Fully licensed pet transport service. Denise 952 197 187 / 696 233 848 (101721

MARBELLA La Reserva, Penthouse, about to be repossessed, prime location, 2 bed, 2 bath, 160K€ neg. FabFincas 692 151 931 (203834)


IF YOU are seeking a bargain country house in Alhaurin el Grande area, we do the research and present you with a shortlist. Call FabFincas 692 151 931 (203834)

NEED a Qualified Plumber? No call-out charge. Call Vinny 662 682 220.

ALHAURIN EL GRANDE, Reduced, pretty 2 bed, 2 bath country house, access views, garden + land, 135K€ Neg. FabFincas 692 151 931 (203834)

THE Irish plumber for all your plumbing requirements, all areas covered. 7 days, reasonable rates. 605 206 394 (200961) RETIRED REGISTERED PLUMBER / DRIVER. Needs beer money, any job considered. Free advice, lowest rates. Chris 652 665 380 (93499)

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PLUMBER: Water heaters repaired, replaced same day. Full bathroom and kitchen reforms, previous work can be seen. References available. Mark Allan 608 454 778 / 952 937 244

Pools For The Latest Marbella Serious Investor and Quick Sale Luxury Property Deals Updated Daily: www.Bob Mob: 616 004 771 (203792) T1 WWW.INMOANDALUZ.COM . Bargain inland properties for all budgets Tel 952 491 609 / 685 514 835 (100017)

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


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10 - 16 January 2013 MARBELLA BANUS 2 bed, 2 bath, big elegant, fully equipped, gardens, pool, parking, 750€. Tel: 637 439 222. b ra v o e l e z o v i c @ g m a i l . c o m (204869) BEAUTIFUL country house in Guaro. Front covered porch area, large living room with open fire, kitchen, 2 double bedrooms and bathroom with shower. Extras: Entrance gates, fully fenced, close to main road, storage room/utility room, pool and lovely views. Built: 90m2. Land 1,000m2 Price: 650€. TLF: 656 917 342 (REF AQ_F-791) (204315)

MARBELLA centre, rooms to let 671 244 683 (203209) LONG TERM RENTALS We have a large selection of properties available in the Manilva area. Please see our website for details and information. or call 678 307 622 (Properties always needed) (204045) over 900 properties for long term rent 671 093 925 (204353) 24 HOUR warden assisted apartments for rent at Casares del Sol. Please see our main ad on page 102 for further details (203015) VILLAS, TOWNHOUSES, APARTMENTS from 300€. VILLA 4 bed, pool, 3,000m2 plot, 800€. 664 686 653 / 634 278 784 (201352)

PRETTY 2 bedroomed country house in Coin. Front covered porch area (45m2), living room with wood burner, American kitchen, 1 bathroom with shower. Extras: parking for 2 cars, fully fenced, entrance gates and a 25m2 shed/storage room. Unfurnished. Built 65m2. Land: 500m2. Price 500€. TLF: 656 917 342 (REF AQ_F-790) (204315) ROOM TO LET - Double room, separate kitchen and shower, within Finca, Alora. €300 pm inc. Tel: 628 421 289 (203022) TORREMOLINOS, Montemar, 1 bedroom apartment, renovated, fully furnished, south facing, sea view, 350 euros. 666 517 479 (203067) LONG TERM rental, super prices, no commission, apartments, townhouses, villas, fincas. Coast and inland. Tlf. 679 111 522 (200866)

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Costa del Sol CARIHUELA, Castillo Santa Clara. Top floor apartment, panoramic sea views, spacious 1 bedroom apartment, lounge, nice sunny terrace, furnished, swimming pool, 24h reception, 600€ long term, ref. 10054,; 952 381 280 (204491)


ALHAURIN EL GRANDE 2 bed, country house, terrace, lawn, pool, excellent location, 600€ month. FabFincas 692 151 931 (203834) ALHAURIN EL GRANDE 4 bed, 2 bath, pool, terrace, parking, 500€ month. FabFincas 692 151 931 (203834) TOWNHOUSE Playa Golf, Torrequebrada, 2 bed, 2 bath, private garden, furnished, fantastic mountain & sea views, very clean, €650pm. 634 123 652 (203856) MARBELLA APARTMENT Rentals from 700 per month to 1500 per month. 1/2/3 bedrooms. Exclusive addresses. Telephone 622 571 040 (200817)

Pumps WATERWELLS waterwell drilling, well pumps, irrigation, pump tests, pressure pumps. /Sondein SL. Established on the coast since 1995. Web page www.wellsinspain. com. Enquiries info@ wellsinspain. com 629 978 801 (Fax) 952 793 250 (98077)

Removals & Storage

SH: NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL REMOVALS Local and International. Full and part loads taken please call 952 816 582 FLORIDA SPECIALIST. Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 (203120) USA SPECIALIST Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 (203120) DUBAI SPECIALIST. Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 (203120) SOUTH-AMERICA SPECIALIST. Combitrans Movers. 952 775 300 WWW.SPAINUKSPAIN.COM. Vehicle leaving Spain on 9th / 19th / 28th of each month, returning 10th / 20th / 29th of each month. Prices from £90 per cubic metre. Cars £525, bikes £325, jetskis/boats from £525, dogs £395, cats £295. All animals travel with us in air conditioned people carriers. 952 596 213 / 665 150 227 (204441) MOVING BACK TO UK? Removal vehicle departing weekly throughout 2012. Excellent, professional service & great rates. Ring (0034) 665 089 244 or (0044) 01543 467 777 & see (93139) 15 CUBIC metre van returning to the UK 25th January, space available Tel. 639 928 090 (202659) INTERNATIONAL and European Removals. Expert removals worldwide. Tel: 951 247 834 (200810)

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

MAN AND VAN VAN AND MAN. Removals, clearances. Experienced and 100% reliable. €20 per hr. Paul 622 793 989 (97996) MANVAN REMOVALS €20 / hour, 3 vans available. House clearances. Storage from €10 / week. Tel David 696 810 618 (89629) EUROPE / UK fortnightly, full or part load service. David 696 810 618 (89629) MAN & VAN Removals and transport, all areas covered 100% reliable 952 816 582 (100423) THE VAN MAN. Cheap and cheerful. €20 per hour. 677 251 025 (200775)

STORAGE REMOVAL BOXES Large, med, wardrobe, bubble wrap, tape, collect or delivered. Local and international removals also undertaken. 952 239 110 / 632 702 306 (44093)

Rental Property Wanted properties urgently required for long term rent, clients waiting. 671 093 295 (204353)

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Soft Furnishings

ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / aceofshadeslacala@hot (101730)

CARERS REQUIRED! Join our team of carers who work in the UK. Earn from 868GBP 1330GBP for 2 weeks. Good written/spoken English/British or EU Passport required. Contact Sandra on 658 965 204 or email s.field@consultuscare. com

CURTAINS, blinds, cushions and much more. Free estimates and home visits. Tel 657 369 343 or rosan

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

FULL TIME Administration Staff Required. Mijas town based photographic agency requires a computer literate, energetic person to help with general office administration. Must be fluent in spoken and written English. Please email your CV to:

Scrap Metal SCRAP METAL WANTED. HMS 1&2, Copper Wiring, Brass, Stainless Steel, Cars, Trucks, Tractors, Batteries, Plastic & Cardboard. Tel. 603 128 012 (200922)

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Services CARPENTRY CARPENTER cabinet maker, Irish. Available for all types of property maintenance, plumbing, painting, electrical, kitchens and bathrooms renovated etc. 30 years experience. Very reliable. Tel: 952 441 955 / 677 087 575 (101611)

Situations Wanted RELIABLE BILINGUAL COUPLE SEEKING HOUSE SITTING / MAINTENANCE POSITION. OWN TRANSPORT ALL AREAS. 644 167 561 (86212) T1 MATURE female looking for cleaning/ironing and general house work/retail or bar work. Sandra 609 292 209 (203057)

FURNITURE FRENCH POLISHING REPAIRS, restoration etc. restore your valuable furniture to its former glory. Tel 647 579 519 / 952 119 190 (86046)

FILIPINA looking for a job. Tel 622 033 825 (201353)

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WINDOW COIN WINDOWS Aluminium windows, Doors, PVC Blinds, Mosquito screens, Canopies, Glass Factory, shower screens etc. All at village prices. Spanish owned business. English 646 066 351 (204248)

Sewing ALL STYLES Curtains, upholstery, soft furnishings and bean bags made to measure. Sensible prices. Also repairs / alterations. All areas. Call 672 800 887 or email judeinspain@hot (200779)

Signs & Designs SIGNS, Vehicle Decals, Logos, Flyers, A-Boards, Digital Art, Banners. 670 583 779 (200926) SIGNS, all types, vehicles, pavement signs, illuminated, L.E.D. Neon, banners, sale boards. 16 years on the Coast! www.signstudiospain. com 639 133 135 / 952 796 299 (67022)

VARIOUS positions available for extremely busy office based in Benalmadena. Full time Spanish/English translator, Telemarketing, both English & Spanish & Bilingual administration assistant. Must be legal to work in Spain and have NIE and Social Security numbers. Fully contracted positions. Send email with recent photo and covering letter to

Solar SOLAR BEST DEAL IN SPAIN w w w. g o s o l a r i n s p a i n . c o m (200575)

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POOL MAINTENANCE and repairs, friendly and reliable service. Estepona to Malaga and Inland. Special offers on regrouts and heaters for 2011. 678 791 495 / 951 295 699 / (86211)


TV & Video SKY PROBLEMS / Installers don’t turn up when they promise to? Can’t or won’t sort out your satellite problems? Then call Steve @ Scansat. We supply and install full Sky Systems, Digi-boxes, Dishes, Sky cards UK/Irish. Dish relocations and TV extensions. For a fast reliable service call Steve 676 533 209 problem solved! (100436)

CONSTRUCTION / MAINTENANCE AFFORDABLE POOL MAINTENANCE - Professional maintenance from only €80 per month (exc. chemicals) Call Splash Pools on 952 591 053 open 8am to 4pm (202621)

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

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Newest Bentley convertible to be unveiled THE Continental GT Speed Convertible, Bentley’s new open-top performance flagship, makes its international debut next Monday at Detroit’s International Auto Show. No prices have yet been disclosed for what the company has called “the world’s fastest four-seat convertible.” The new Bentley combines roof-down luxury touring with the performance of a 625 PS (616 bhp) twinturbocharged 6.0 litre W12 engine, while delivering a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency. Taking its place at the pinnacle of the Bentley Continental range, the

new GT Speed Convertible has a top speed of 325 Kph. Zero to 100 Kph is reached in 4.4 seconds. The latest ME17 engine management system, capable of performing 180 million individual calculations per second, provides enhanced turbocharger control and torque management, enhancing driveability. The close-ratio eightspeed transmission, uprated and lowered suspension and retuned steering provide acceleration and sharp, communicative handling without detriment to the renowned ride comfort of Bentley’s Continental convertible.

Permanent allwheel drive ensures optimum traction and power delivery whatever the road conditions. Subtle sporting design cues include 21-inch alloy wheels, dark-tint grilles and ‘rifled’ exhaust tail pipes. Inside its handcrafted cabin, the GT Speed convertible features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard, blending contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character. The infotainment system features Bentley’s latest software upgrades, which vary from region to region but include refinements such as point of interest mapping, optional satellite landscape imagery, live traffic data and, where the infrastructure supports it, digital radio. The system features 15 Gigabytes of available music space, as well as the facility to play music via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or SD card. Commenting on the new Continental GT Speed Convertible, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said: “Following the recent successful introduction of the GT Speed, the new GT Speed

MUSCULAR: The front wings of the GT Speed Convertible are created in superformed aluminium.

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McLaren Spider weaves magic THE new McLaren 12C Spider was presented at the 37th edition of the Bologna Motor Show, in Italy. As with the mechanically identical 12C, the Spider is a mid-engine two-seat rear-drive sports car. The lightweight 12C Spider uses the upgraded 625PS engine, which is part of the 12C Model Year 2013 upgrade. Acceleration from 0 to 100 Kph takes 3.1 seconds when fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, the same as the coupé. Maximum speed is 329 Kph. The vehicle is priced at £195,500 in the UK (€240,640). The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) LIGHT BUT RIGID: The 12C Spider uses a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the MonoCell.

has been designed specifically for the 12C Spider. The fully automatic mechanism raises or lowers the roof in less than 17 seconds, and can be activated at speeds up to 30 Kph. The Spider is fitted with the McLaren Airbrake, an active rear wing that increases its angle to boost downforce and improve stopping power and stability through corners.


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HIS weekend there are crucial games at both ends of the Premiership with Arsenal taking on Manchester City and Aston Villa meeting Southampton. The other PL fixtures are EvertonSwansea, Fulham-Wigan, Manchester United-Liverpool, Norwich-Newcastle, Reading-WBA, QPR-Spurs, StokeChelsea and West Ham-Sunderland. The big game in League One features Bournemouth against Swindon while Gillingham, first, and second-placed Port Vale meet in League Two. As always there were shocks in the third round of the FA Cup. Macclesfield, 82 places below Cardiff, beat the Championship leaders 2-1, and Luton, 60 places below Wolves, ousted the Wanderers 1-0. Brighton knocked out Newcastle 2-0, making it another fruitless 720-mile round-trip for Alan Pardew’s team. Oldham won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest while Blackpool (at Fulham), Bournemouth (at Wigan) and Bolton (v Sunderland) gained creditable draws. Robin van Persie’s brilliant ‘Fergie time’ equaliser earned Manchester United a 2-2 draw at West Ham who reintroduced Joe Cole (signed from Liverpool). After a bust-up with his manager, Mario Balotelli helped Manchester City beat Watford 3-0 and holders Chelsea walloped Southampton 5-1 with €8.63 million debutant Demba Ba scoring twice. Spurs licked Coventry 3-0 in a repeat of the 1987 final while gallant Hastings, up from the seaside to the Riverside, lost 4-1 at Middlesbrough. Elsewhere, Liverpool beat Mansfield 2-1, Daniel Sturridge (€14.79 million from Chelsea) and Luis Suarez (with his hand) on target; Aston Villa ousted Ipswich, Huddersfield won at Charlton, Norwich defeated Peterborough, Leicester overcame Burton Albion and Swansea drew with Arsenal. The fourth round (on January 26/27) includes Bolton or Sunderland v Everton or Cheltenham, Brighton v Swansea or Arsenal, Crystal Palace or Stoke v Manchester City, Leeds or Birmingham v Spurs, Macclesfield v Wigan or Bournemouth, Millwall v Villa, Norwich v Luton, Oldham v Liverpool,

Milan players walk off 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.

Frank Lampard is now Chelsea’s second highest scorer of alltime with 192 goals, 10 behind Bobby Tambling’s club record haul of 202.

• South African pace-man Vernon om Philander took five for seven in New ck.c rsto e t Zealand’s all-out total of 45 in the t Shu s/ first cricket Test in Cape Town. That ork W to Pho was the lowest Test score for 39 years. The hosts declared on 347 for eight before bowling out the Kiwis again for 275 to win by an innings and 27. • England’s cricketers are in India for the One Day International series. • Former Australian bowler Glenn McGrath has been inducted into Cricket’s Hall of Fame, while another Aussie, Mike Hussey, has retired. • Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray won the Brisbane International tournament to set him up nicely for the Australian Open which starts on Monday. • Next month, Darren Clarke will play in India’s new Golf League (modelled on cricket’s 20/20 game). ksb / Sh • It’s Harlequins first, uttersto Saracens second, Leicester third and Wasps fourth in Rugby’s Aviva Premiership. • The Masters Snooker championship starts on Sunday at London’s Alexander Palace. • And disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong might ‘reveal all’. Southend or Brentford v Chelsea, WBA or QPR v Sheffield Wed or MK Dons and West Ham or Manchester Utd v Fulham or Blackpool. REVEALING: Lance Armstrong.


FORMER Bradford, West Brom, Chelsea, Manchester City, Luton, Crystal Palace, Stockport, Peterborough and England striker Derek Kevan has died, aged 77. Between 1951 and 1969, the ‘Tank’ scored 235 goals in 440 games, including 173 in 291 starts for WBA. Promoted with Chelsea (1963), he

• AC Milan players walked off the pitch during a friendly in Pro Patria when home fans chanted racist abuse. “We will do this again” said Milan’s skipper Prince Boateng. • Real Madrid chief Jose Mourinho wants to manage in the UAE before he retires. • Wolves sacked manager Stale Solbakken immediately after their Cup exit at Luton. He’s the sixth managerial casualty since Christmas and the 20th this season. Dean Saunders will be the new man in at Molineux.

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helped Stockport win the Fourth Division (1967), gained 14 England caps (eight goals) and played in the 1958 World Cup. • Wing-half Keith Ripley, who made 305 League appearances with Leeds, Norwich, Mansfield, Peterborough and Doncaster, has also passed away, aged 77.

FUTURE GOAL: Jose Mourinho.

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Malaga fans all set for Barca and super Messi A SELL-OUT crowd will await Barcelona when they arrive for what promises to be the biggest league match of the season. Nearly 29,000 tickets have been sold as fans hope the Blanquiazules

can show the form that saw them beat Real Madrid 3-2 in their last home match. And they will want to welcome Barcelona legend Lionel Messi to Sunday’s match (9pm) playing his first game after being named World Player of the Year for the fourth time in a row. Malaga, fourth in the table, albeit a massive 21 points behind leaders Barcelona, have a point to prove. The club will want to finish in a Champions’ League qualifying spot even though it has been banned from European football next season. But Malaga players will have to pick themselves up after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at bottom club Deportivo La Coruna.

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By EWN Malaga CF Reporter Dave Redshaw Dave is the author of ‘Malaga Football Club – The Story’ available from Amazon.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were a shadow of the side that beat Real Madrid before the Christmas break and were on the back foot right from the start at Riazor, goalkeeper Willy Caballero having to turn aside a Bruno Gama effort after just seven minutes. Gama wasted another opening shortly afterwards before the Costa del Sol outfit had a further letoff on the half-hour mark,

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Portuguese winger Pizzi’s free-kick coming back off a post with Caballero well beaten. After the restart the Galicians continued where they had left off as Riki

JUST CHAMPION: Miraflores New Year winners, from left, runners-up Dudley and Nancy with winners Sandra, Dorothy and Alex, and Craig.

New Year fun at Miraflores A GOOD-SIZED group of members and occasional bowlers got together on New Year’s Day to join in a fun competiton at Miraflores Bowls Club. The format was a drawn pairs

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event played in six end matches against different pairs. Each session was marked by the ringing of a bell awarding a bottle of wine to the next bowler getting a ‘toucher’.

somehow contrived to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy. However, on 57 minutes the hosts finally got the goal their pressure deserved, Pizzi latching onto a mis-hit pass from right-back Jesus Gamez and waltzing past Martin Demichelis before firing a powerful shot past Caballero. The visitors were offering little in the way of ambition, with a Roque Santa Cruz header that flashed just wide the closest they came to grabbing an equaliser, and despite the introduction of Javier Saviola and Diego Buonanotte the home side comfortably held on to record just their third win of the season.

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