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‘Black panther’ is on the prowl THE hunt is on for a black panther spotted in Almeria. Residents of the town of Berja are sleeping with one eye open after a member of the public notified police of the presence of what could be a ‘large black panther’ in the Castala natural park. The town hall has

decided to close the park area because of the possibility of a ‘large black cat’ roaming the area. Although the first sighting of the animal was a few weeks ago, the resident did not notify the police until more recently in case they thought he was ‘crazy’.

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See you all next year! THE City of Almeria bid ‘Adios’ to it’s Feria for another year with a huge firework display which took place along the promenade.

HUNTED: Big cat is at large. Agents have set up traps and night cameras in the area where the cat seems to patrol on a regular basis. They have retired from the area to leave it in peace in the hope of capturing it alive. So far a fox and an unfortunate domestic cat have been caught.

Both were released unharmed. The mayor, Antonio Torres, has himself seen the animal. He said: “I have seen it and I wouldn’t like to meet it face to face. We are probably talking about a panther that someone had as a pet and decided to let loose.”

Fire run THE Firemen of the Poniente Area of Almeria have arranged a 10 kilometre race for Sunday in Almerimar.

Long walk ELEVEN members of a Pulpi walking club took on the challenge of the 58 km ‘Hell of the Los Filabres 2013’ night walk.

Woman rescued by dinghy after falling FIREMEN and Coastguards rescued a 41-year-old-woman who suffered a sprained ankle after falling while out walking in the area of San Pedro Cove in Nijar. Emergency services received a

call from the husband of the injured lady who reported that his wife had suffered a sprain from a fall and was in an area with difficult access. Firemen and a rescue dinghy were sent to the area.

After a laborious rescue, the lady was taken by the dinghy to the port of Almeria where she was treated by a medical team before being transferred to the Torrecardenas hospital.


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Lifeguard comes to flamingo’s aid A LONE pink flamingo has been recovered from the Entrevista beach in San Juan de los Terreros, Pulpi. Local Police were notified by one of the Red Cross lifeguards working on the beach and were able to capture the bird. Officers contacted the centre for endangered species and an inspection showed that the flamingo showed no apparent signs of injury or illness, and was given food and water. The Pink Flamingo is a species commonly found in the salt marshes of Almeria, observed mainly in the Salinas de Cerrillos, and the Salinas de Cabo de Gata, where groups can reach more than 3,000 birds.

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Daily TV 30 PINK FLAMINGOS: Found in the salt marshes. Almeria wetlands are used during migration between Europe and Africa, in the winter time. It has been demonstrated by reading rings the importance of the salt marshes of Almeria on the population and

also the nesting colony of Fuente de Piedra in Malaga. Sometimes adult individuals nesting in the area feel the need to move on when the shortage of water and nutrients force them to make heroic efforts to look after their young.

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Vicar arrest A 42-YEAR-OLD man from Vicar was arrested by Guardia Civil Officers after 100 marihuana plants were found in his property.

Fiesta welcome GARRUCHA received the Bishop of Almeria at the town’s fiesta in honour of Saint Joaquin.

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Sea boost for local farmers A DIRECT sea-link between Almeria and the UK’s Southampton could give the province’s farmers a boost. A large delegation of business and institutional representatives from Almeria will be travelling on September 4 to Southampton to close a deal to support the opening of a regular service between the ports of the two cities.

The agreement is the result of negotiations that have been developed in recent months between the two ports to establish a regular route for horticultural goods. The hope is that by making it easier to transport fruit and vegetables direct to the UK Almeria’s farmers can exploit the British market further. The project has been

developed and offered by Southampton Fruit Handling, a company linked to the English port that is dedicated exclusively to trade in fruit and fresh vegetables from various southern European countries. Southampton is the largest port in England for the handling of fruits and vegetables from European countries and North Africa.

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Clean-up for Garrucha

GARRUCHA Town Hall has launched a campaign aimed at improving the overall cleanliness of the town.

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ALMOST 500 runners took part in the 27th edition of the Aguacarbo 10km race held in Carboneras.

THE Plaza Vieja in Almeria City filled up with fans of Indie music for the fifth Maldito Sol Music Festival.

THE crowd for the first home game of the season for UD Almeria against Villareal was 10,036 spectators. The Monday night kick-off was blamed for low attendance. Almeria lost 2-3.

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MALLORCAN group Pilgrim played two concerts in Las Negras and Agua Amarga as part of the Diversons music programme, playing their style of bluegrass music.

THE Patio de Luces in Almeria City has on display works of art from prisoners throughout Spain. The exhibition ends on Saturday.

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Children’s art ONE HUNDRED children took part in the popular drawing competition at the Feria of Almeria. The theme was the Feria of your city.

Volley fun TWENTY ONE couples took part in a beach volleyball tournament held in Carboneras, an event that has been running for more than 20 years.

Bowling along THE Petanque (boules) tournament held in the Feria of Almeria attracted 120 players from all over the province as well as Granada and Madrid.

HOLIDAY SNAP: More people now use Smartphones to ‘catch the moment’ rather than traditional cameras.

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More families using phones for holiday snaps!

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AMILIES going on holiday at one time always packed their cameras to take snapshots. But those days are increasingly over for many, with a third of people no longer bothering to pack a camera when leaving for holiday, deciding to depend only on their Smartphones for vacation snaps. And as the latest statistics for the Spaniards and believed replicated across other European nationalities - clearly show, an even greater number of people now daily use their Smartphones to generally ‘catch the moment’ than depending on a traditional camera. According to a study by phone retailer The Phone

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MARIANO RAJOY could play the role of dictator,’ Aitor Esteban, the spokesperson for the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) in parliament, who said this was because the conservative Partido Popular ‘hogs all the realms of power.’

House, 82 per cent of Spaniards prefer to use the camera on their Smartphones to take snaps rather than carrying a traditional camera. A main reason is that they can immediately share photographs on social networking sites. Cameras are now one of the most frequently used tools on Smartphones, with many users basing their purchase on the facility available. And while more in the 20 - 30 age bracket prefer to use their Smartphone cameras, the tendency is not exclusive among the young as 60 per cent of Spaniards aged over 40, now leave their camera at home. Last year, according to consultant GFK, camera sales fell 27 per cent compared to in 2011.

Number of the week was spent by foreign €7.79 billion tourists in Spain in July, which is

4.3 per cent more than July 2012, according to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The average expenditure per person was €992, 1.3 per cent more than the same month last year.

Clothes given ALMOST 30 tonnes of shoes and clothing have been deposited in clothes recycling containers in Vicar since the introduction of the system 16 months ago.

Moonlit walk THE town of Sierro held it’s first ever moonlight walk at the weekend which was followed by a meal.

Swim success MORE than took part in tournament held as part of Almeria.

100 people a swimming which was of the feria

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Cannonball Run reaches Almeria By Tony Matthews IF you are interested in cars (classic, racing or sporty) then don’t miss the annual Cannonball2000 Run which is now under way and will run through Almeria in the next few days. The 2013 ‘run’ featuring 40 cars of all shapes and sizes, started at London’s Canary Wharf on Monday. It passed through Amsterdam on Tuesday and Geneva on Wednesday and will visit Cannes today (Thursday). Tomorrow (Friday), the drivers continue down to Valencia before heading south via Alicante, Murcia and Almeria to Marbella, arriving there on Saturday where they will

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On home turf TURRE is to receive €370,000 to improve the sports facilities with a new full size football pitch and two football sevens pitches with artificial turf.

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MERCEDES C63: Driven by Englishman Mark Moore. stay for two nights. This will give enthusiasts the chance to see and admire the cars close up. One of the main drivers in the ‘run’ is Englishman Mark Moore, who was born in Quinton, Birmingham and now lives in Kinver near Stourbridge. With his chief navigator Paul Groves

(his work colleague), Mark will be seated in a Mercedes C63 AMG Automatic with a 6.2 litre, 457 bhp engine (see photograph). An established racing campaigner, having competed in sprint and hill climbs, Mark, a former grass track champion, has driven around several Formula 1 circuits.

SWING SOLUTION will be presenting a jazz concert with a tribute to swing at the Santa Ana Castle in Roquetas de Mar tonight (Thursday) at 10pm.

Just magic A MAGIC show presented by Reyman and Sol takes place in Aguadulce tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) at 9.30pm in Roquetas de Mar.

Fishy tales are circulating in local towns A CAMPAIGN to promote the consumption of fresh fish and raise awareness to prevent the sale of immature fish has been passing along the Almeria coast. Hundreds of adults and children have passed through

the tent set up by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment which is using the slogan ‘Fresh fish. Our fish. Consume it.’ The campaign is highlighting the freshness and quality as the

main competitive advantages of the fish that is caught along the Andalucian coast. The campaign will visit Villaricos today (Thursday) and the seafront esplanade in San Juan de los Terreros tomorrow.


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The intense black smoke was caused by plastic crates that were piled up. Despite firemen bringing the blaze under control quickly, the warehouse was completely burnt out. The owners of the warehouse were not present at the time. The cause of the fire has not been identified yet.

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Chess challenge THE first chess tournament for children between the ages of five and 14 at the Feria of Almeria proved to be a big success with 125 children taking part.

Boat rescues THIRTY ONE Algerians were rescued from two boats off the coast of Almeria, in separate incidents.

SEA OF COLOUR: This was the fifth gypsy costumes contest.

Gypsy highlight at Almeria feria ONE of the highlights of the Feria de Almeria took place in the Plaza de San Pedro with the fifth edition of the Gypsy Costumes Contest. The jury received a warm welcome and viewed a contest with a sea of colour as they judged more than 30

participants in the Adult and Junior categories which included both boys and girls. The judges for the Junior category were Trinidad Garcia and Estefania Cano from the Grupo P’a la Mar who awarded the first prize to Claudia Fernandez and

the second prize to Laura Martinez. In the Adult Category the winner was Leticia Natal and Maria del Mar Almecija was runner up. All the winners were given free drinks by competition hosts Taberna Tia Maria and Bar Quinto Toro.

One dead, seven hurt in road accidents TWO separate accidents within a space of 48 hours near to Huercal-Overa have left their toll with seven people injured and one person dead. In the first accident on the Murcia bound A7 a car ran into the crash barriers followed by a collision with another vehicle. Six people were injured in the accident; two women aged 29 and 23, two men

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Warehouse goes up in smoke FIREMEN from Turre were called out to a blaze which started in an agricultural warehouse in the town of Overa. Plumes of black smoke caused concern to people travelling on the A334 Almanzora valley road and to residents of nearby Zurgena.

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aged 38 and 35, a four-year-old girl and two-year-old boy. All the crash victims were taken to the Inmaculada Hospital in Huercal-Overa. In the second accident, also on the Murcia bound A7, a head on collision left one person dead and another seriously injured. It appears one of the vehicles was travelling in the wrong direction.


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Cars on parade FORTY Seat 600 motor cars took part in a procession through the streets of Almeria City.

Funky times THE show ‘Between Lights and Shades’ will offer a variety of dance styles tomorrow (Friday) at 10pm in the Amphitheatre in Roquetas de Mar.

Dance show THE dance company of Guillermo Weickert will perform their show ‘Materialinflamable’, in the Teatro Casa de la Música, Carboneras next Wednesday at 9pm. Tickets are €3.

Dinner time MORE than 1,000 people attended the ‘Homage to our Senior Citizens’ dinner held at the Almeria Feria.

Road races THE Circuit of the Carreras Populares 2013 road races arrives at Antas on Saturday.

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MINI HOLLYWOOD and the Ramblas of Tabernas set the scene for the filming of a new CocaCola advert. Tabernas, along with the port of Barcelona have been chosen to recreate an American city of 1850. Preparations began as early as 3am for wardrobe fittings with the actual filming beginning early before the park opened to the public. The 190 extras chosen for the advertisement started work at 8am. They converted the park into a bustling American city with newspaper vendors, market stalls, flower sellers and actors portraying passers-by, a

doctor, a reverend, bankers and shopkeepers with some scenes being shot up to 10 times. The lead actor with an Abraham Lincoln type beard, white apron, red tie, braces and a glass of Coca-Cola in his hands, was the highlight of the drink ad which rumour has it tells the story of the secret CocaCola recipe. The advertisement will be screened at the end of the year. ON SET: The advert is rumoured to reveal the story of the Coca-Cola recipe.

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Reviving of an old tradition THE Pupils of the Casa de Oficios in Oria in collaboration with the town hall have revived a once popular tradition that was lost more than three decades ago. The parade of ‘Los Cabezudos’ giant heads took place in the town as part of the local fiesta. A series of personalities representing folklore and typical customs were paraded, including the priest, the bull and the bullfighter, the gipsy and the Dame of Baza. Young and old alike lined the streets to view the parade. For the older generation it may have brought back memories and for the youngsters there was a lot of fun for those who wanted to try on the heads and have a photo taken. CAMPAIGN: Divers will participate in a programme to conserve the neptune grass.

VOLUNTEER divers are being called for to help in the preservation of sea ‘meadows.’ The Junta de Andalucia regional government has launched a campaign to find divers to participate in a programme for the conservation of posidonia

oceania, commonly known as neptune grass. The species is unique to the Mediterranean Sea and forms large underwater meadows which are an important part of the ecosystem. Once registered, the volunteers will dive down to

a meadow of posidonia and take density data, measure the length of leaves and the extent of pasture cover. They will also take note of associated fauna and other information to study the state of conservation of the endangered marine plant.


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Winning ways THE youngsters of La Cañada football team from Almeria made history by winning the first Torneo de Feria beating Real Madrid 10 and Real Betis 3-0 on the way to the trophy.

Timely visit THE Times journalist Ruth Lewy has spent several days visiting different areas in the province with the object of writing a report for the newspaper’s magazine.

Hard work THE second Sun Triathlon took place in Roquetas de Mar. The event included a 500m swim, a 10km bike ride and a four km run.

Keep ‘em rolling! THE cameras keep rolling in Almeria Province with the filming of a western in the town of Abla. ‘La flor de Lis’ is directed by Joaquin Ortega Pavon, an actor and specialist in western cinema. The film is an action thriller set in the 19th century American west, with five sheriffs on the trail of a serial killer bringing terror to a town. Like all good thrillers, the intrigue and suspense will make the viewer wonder and

WESTERN: New film will have all the ingredients of an American movie. question who is the killer, he hopes. Ortega said “the film

features the good, the bad, the sheriff, the ladies, the outlaws,

Indians and lots of stunts, all ingredients of an American movie.”

Mercadona boss visits shop floor THE President and founder of the supermarket chain Mercadona, Joan Roig, paid a visit to Almeria last week. He visited several of the chain’s stores including the

Cortijo Grande in Almeria, a store that is one of the training centres. Mr Roig checked the aisles, the information and products on sale, chatted with the staff and

had his photo taken with customers who may have been surprised to see one of Spain’s most famous entrepreneurs in the aisles of their local supermarket.

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Paddling in for fun activities AGUA AMARGA beach hosted the third canoeing and snorkelling activity organised by the Government of Almeria for the summer period. The event was attended by more than 60 people from various towns in the province. They were split into two groups to allow participants to feel more comfortable and be better served by the monitors organising the activities. The first group went off between 9am and 12.30pm and the second from 12.30pm until 4pm. Participants used two-man canoes and had the opportunity to discover the coves of Cala Media Naranja and Arena, with stops for short breaks and diving activities. Organisers say the event was very well received, as the participants had the opportunity to dive into the coves of Agua Amarga to learn about both the flora and fauna of the area.


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Concert night ALL LA GLORY will be performing a concert at the Teatro Casa de la Musica in Carboneras on Saturday night at 10pm. Tickets are €3.

Fiesta time THE Fiesta Santa Rosa in Saliente Alto (Albox) gets underway tomorrow night (Friday) and continues until Sunday.

Pet contest SIXTY pets took part in a contest at the Feria of Almeria which included hens, rabbits and serpents. The winner was Swan the rat and a coati (native to the Americas) won the exotic pet prize.

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Titter ye not, the toga tickets are selling fast FRIENDS, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears and “titter ye not,” as Frankie Howerd might have said! A toga party will be held at La Cumbre, Los Gallardos on Saturday, September 28, with music provided by Soulemotion plus a light and sound show. Toga dress is not essential but “yes missus” what fun if you do and it is easy to make, as the UK comedy legend, star of ‘Roman’ sitcom Up Pompeii! might have added. Tickets are €10 per person, payable at the entrance and there will be four hunky gladiators posted at the entrance to

TOGA PARTY: Costume is very easy to make. have photos taken with. There will also be a few bellydancers roaming around, so all budding Cleopatras and Mark Anthonys, it is time to enjoy this end of summer party with a prize for the best costume. Tickets are already selling fast and chariots (coaches) from both Mojacar and Bedar village with pick ups on the way are available at €5 a seat for the September 28 event. Tickets can be reserved on 697 302 129 or you can collect them from La Cumbre from Monday onwards.

Armuña man arrested for fuel thefts THE Guardia Civil in Olula del Rio have arrested a 43year-old man from Armuña del Almanzora on suspicion of two crimes of theft. Officers began the investigation after thefts were reported by two companies in the localities of Tijola and Seron. The fuel tanks of several lorries and a digger had been forced open with more than 550 litres of fuel being stolen. The agents were aware of suspicious movements of a vehicle outside the businesses in the area. After conducting a series of inquiries they decided to arrest the man who had allegedly committed similar crimes in the region. The man was also found to have an indictment against him from the National Police of Baza (Granada) for similar criminal acts.

FRONTON: The towns’ teams took on the Andalucian Federation in the initiative.

Reviving traditional sport EIGHT towns have taken part in an event to revive a traditional sport. Almeria Provincial Government has promoted the recovery of the traditional sport fronton in the mining towns of the Almanzora Valley.

During August they took part in the initiative that included the participation of more than 100 players. They were taking part in various forms of the sport, which involves hitting a ball against a wall with a paddle or hands.

The sports days were arranged in the towns with fronton courts: Tijola, Cobdar, Urracal, Bayarque, Bacares, Sufli, Sierro and Somontin. The towns took on players from the Andalucian Federation of Fronton.

Fishing boat is towed home ALMERIA coastguards came to the rescue of a small fishing boat that had broken down on the high seas. The 13 metre long boat with three crew on board had its trawling nets on the seabed but could not return them to the surface after an engine failure.

After sending out an SOS, the crew of the lifeboat from the rescue centre came to their aid and attempted to repair the engine. However they were unable to resolve the problem ‘in situ’ and the fishing boat was towed into port.


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An act of God A LIGHTNING strike started a forest fire near to the town of Abrucen. Two helicopters and a plane were needed to put out the fire.

In tune A FESTIVAL of renaissance and baroque style music held in Velez Blanco has been deemed a great success with the participation of more than 4,500 people.

Street music THE Amphitheatre in Roquetas de Mar hosted a concert from two local bands, Contra.punto and Yukimaton, last Friday night as part of the ‘A pie de calle’ (On the street) programme.

Ballet treat THE National Ballet of Cuba will be stopping off in Almeria as part of a Spanish tour which begins on September 6. Dates for Almeria are yet to be confirmed.

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PEOPLE worldwide will be able to take ‘holiday snaps’ of themselves in Mojacar without ever leaving their armchairs. In an ‘innovative’ tourism promotion visitors to a special website will be able to substitute their faces onto those of models in various tourist hotspots in the town and Almeria province. The President of the Government of Almería, Gabriel Amat and the Mayor of Mojacar, Rosa Maria Cano, ot website. INNOVATION: Hotsp have signed an agreement to start the tourism project called ‘Your next holiday in and convertible to video Mojacar, discover Almeria and its through a creative interface to corners.’ replace the models’ faces with The initiative, co-funded by the those of the users. HOLIDAY SNAPS: People Almeria Tourist Board and Mojacar Head of the Tourism Board, can be in the photos withou t being there. Town Hall, aims to use the power Natalia Diaz Stalenhoef noted of computers to promote the that the campaign is a contest marketing campaign through social in which people may participate in to get an network sites, and they are hoping creating and sharing their photo idea of what a holiday in the campaign will be active until it will go viral. album in video form through social province could be like,” said Natalia. December 31. The idea is to raise the profile of networks and they will be eligible to The Mayor of Mojacar, Rosa The tourism project Mojacar and the province of win a week’s stay at the Hotel Maria Cano stressed “the great includes an application on Almeria by inviting potential Puerto Marina in Mojacar. potential of social networks to the website, tourists, through photos of “This is an innovative and promote the area in a fairly inexptusvacacionesen beautiful retreats, to visit both the pioneering idea to go nationwide. ensive manner. This kind of initimojacar.es where town and the rest of the province. We intend to encourage user ative can reach millions of people.” photos can be The album will be downloadable interaction with a fun destination, The mayor said that the uploaded.


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A fine hit charity vows it will be business as usual By Gemma Quinn A CHARITY that cares for terminally ill patients has been hit by a €12,000 fine by social security. But Paul Cunningham Nurses (PCN), based in La Marina, Alicante, has vowed to carry on its vital work despite having the cash taken from its charity account. “It is very much business as usual for both PCN charity and PCN S.L,” said business coordinator Tracey Wallace. She added: “Our nurses and carers are out there helping people 24 hours every day.” The charity was hit with a fine which they fail to understand for allegedly obstructing a social security worker from carrying out her duties whilst visiting the La Marina charity shop, something members deny. Despite three appeals, the money was embargoed from their bank account. It was a bitter blow to those who have worked

CHARITY CONTINUES: Nurses continue to offer help in the community. tirelessly over the years to raise money to support and care for terminally ill people and their families in the province. But it won’t hold them back and they urge people to donate to their ‘fighting fund’ to help replace these vital funds. The charity provides high quality care to terminally ill patients. Tracey adds: “The social security

action and resulting fine against the charity shop does not affect nursing services, or PCN S.L. which is a separate fully registered nursing company. Our nurses are fully qualified and legally able to work in Spain.” Jennifer Cunningham president said: “The charity will survive and we must continue to support those who need us.”

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Upcoming events for the Albox RBL THERE is plenty to do in September with the Albox Royal British Legion. On Monday there is a quiz night at Bar Lepanto, starting 8.30pm. The €2 per person entry includes a donation to the Poppy Appeal. Next Thursday sees a coffee morning at La Parrilla in Albox, where people can meet old and make new friends from 10.30am. September 12 and 26 see bowling at Amigos in joint ventures with the Zurgena branch of the RBL. The events both start at 12.30pm. For more details email: Steven Mold, stevepat2006@gmail .com. The cost is €11 to include shoe hire, two games and lunch. On September 19 there is a members’ business meeting and a talk by Stephen Edwards on Spanish cooking at 11am at La Parrilla in Albox. More information on any of the activities and events for the Albox branch or for membership details go along to any branch meeting at the Hotel Restaurante La Parrilla (1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month). Alternatively, contact the chairman, Peter Phillips, on 693 483 392 or email peatpee@sky.com, or visit the branch website, www.britishlegion. org.uk/branches/ albox


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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Pregnant panda TIAN TIAN, Britain’s only female panda continues to show positive signs that she is pregnant according to staff at Edinburgh zoo. Tian Tian and her male mate Yang Guang are the UK’s only pair of giant pandas.

Leaving UK

abroad and 400 British citizens emigrating every day, Nick de Bois, secretary of the influential 1922 committee of backbench British MPs, is concerned about the loss of skilled professionals.

Extinction threat COASTAL species including Puffins, Little Terns and Cliff Tiger Beetles are in danger of becoming extinct in the

for the second quarter of 2013 has been revised upwards. The economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months.

PUFFINS: In danger of extinction.

UK due to warmer water and rising sea levels.

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GDP growth

A MAN, aged 23, admitted an act of having sex with a goat at a farm in WITH 1.3 million graduates living BRITAIN’S Gross Domestic Product Wiltshire. He is now banned from every farm in the UK and must stay at home ports will be provided with special after 7pm. RESS equipment including cameras to scan passports, shorten waiting INCREASED immigration, Stories making headlines from Germany times and save on staff. encouraged because of a low birth rate and lack of skilled workers, working environment makes has led to population growth in Germans take pills or hit the bottle Germany for the first time in nearly more often, according to an AOK GERMANY had a budget A WATERhealth insurance company report. surplus of €8.5 billion in the first a decade. A MAN opened fire in the SPORTS centre in Days off work because of six months of the year. The Dossenheim Tennis Club restauNorth Wales, a addictions have risen by 17 per German economy has grown rant in Heidelberg during a budget hotel in cent over the last decade. rapidly thanks to increased meeting of property owners. Two Lambeth, and a A GERMAN radiologist is spending by the people were killed and five ‘vertical pier’ in suspected of a €38 million fraud. state and public, wounded. Redcar have been Health insurance company Barmer said the German named among GEK is claiming back the money Federal Statistical Office. Britain’s ugliest new from Wolfgang Auffermann, buildings. Every ON November 1, Germany will from Hamburg. year, the Building be the first European nation to Design magazine THE five largest German air- legally recognise a third gender in gives awards for the cases of babies born with worst in modern SHOOTING: At tennis club. ambiguous genitalia. STRESS in the modern architecture.

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Stories making headlines from Russia

Zombie pigeons A RUSH of pigeon deaths raised alarm in Moscow as they were reported to lose orientation and display ‘zombie-like’ behaviour. Ornithologists later said this behaviour was caused by salmonella.

Russian pride COSMONAUT Fyodor Yurchikhin waved a Russian flag to celebrate Russia’s Flag Day holiday after he repaired a piece of gear on the International Space Station.

Arctic blocade RUSSIAN activists blocked a Greenpeace icebreaker boat from entering Arctic waters in a protest against oil exploration activities, sources at the environmentalist group said.

Rebels down NINE rebels allegedly responsible for the death of dozen of civilians in more

than 20 terrorist attacks died in combat against members of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in Buynaksk (southwest Russia).

Air intrusion THE Japanese government accused Russia of air space intrusion after two bombers supposedly entered Japan’s air space near Kyushu. Russia denied it.

Gay rights RUSSIA has given the International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge assurances its anti-gay propaganda law will not affect the Winter Olympics to be held next year in Sochi.

Theme park THE Russian Green Building Council has organised an international contest to search for the best concept and financial model for a Russian theme park to be built on a site near Moscow.

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Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

No beer DENMARK - International beer producer Carlsberg ran out of draught beer and soft drinks for its home market of Denmark due to a strike at its production facility in Fredericia (eastern Denmark).

Higher deficit FINLAND - Finland’s budget deficit this year will be €9 billion higher than estimated as the euro area debt crisis has hit its exports, said the Finnish finance ministry.

Royal out DENMARK - Princess Mary of Denmark was evacuated from a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan after a demonstration NO BEER: Due to strike at production facility.

against the gas attacks that took place in Syria last week broke out during her visit.

Green Sweden SWEDEN - A report carried out by Swiss investment group RobecoSAM placed Sweden as the first in a ranking of the world’s most sustainable countries, earning high scores across almost all criteria.

Air-born FINLAND - A baby was born in a helicopter that was taking its mother to hospital in Rovaniemi (northern Finland) to give birth.

Mine approved SWEDEN - The Swedish government has given the go-ahead to a nickel mine on the Umea river (northern Sweden) despite resistance from the local indigenous Sami population and concern from environmental groups.


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Primark’s breast ban demonstration

Talk sense A 50-YEAR-OLD man will leave Nerja today (Thursday) carrying a wooden cross to Gibraltar to ask for the end of the conflict between the Spanish and the Rock’s governments.

MORE than 100 mothers demonstrated outside Primark in Elche. They were protesting at the firm’s ban on breastfeeding inside its shops.

THE demand for luxury tourist apartments in Valencia city increased by 12 per cent in July. Eighty per cent were rented by foreign clients.

Family rescued

News from our editions

High life

THE Guardia Civil Maritime Rescue Service rescued a family from a drifting boat off La Herradura beach. Its engine had failed.

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Van accident

Waiting game

NINE people, five of them children, were injured in an accident on the A7 motorway in Almuñecar when the van they were in crashed. They all had minor injuries except for a woman, who was admitted to a Granada hospital in a serious condition.

THERE were more jobs for waiters and barmen than in any other profession in Alicante province last year, accounting for one in every eight vacancies.

Speed trap A 31-YEAR-OLD Belgian national was arrested in Almussafes for driving at 252 kilometres per hour on the AP-7 despite a 120 kilometre speed limit.

Nearly full COSTA BLANCA hotels, excluding Benidorm, had average occupancy of 85.8 per cent in the first fortnight of August. This was the best result since 2007, hoteliers’ association Hosbec said.

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Cross dressing A CROSS-DRESSING competition has been held in a pub in Alicante with 12 people vying for the ‘Miss Transformarte’ title.

Painted lady

Carer arrested BULLFIGHTS: Still a popular part of local village life.

Bulls getting a festival break

THERE has been a 20 per cent fall in bulls hired for local fiestas. Despite this sign of the economic times, many towns and villages will eliminate other elements in the fiestas before forgoing their bull running and goading events. Cataluña has banned bullfights but local fiestas where bulls are fought, goaded, taunted and challenged continue unchecked. Few local or regional governments will willingly court unpopularity by banning them. The bulls, and sometimes cows, that go from fiesta to fiesta live to fight another day. They learn to inflict harm and even kill as one recently did in Nules (Castellon) during a bull-running. This summer is no different from any other as men give in to their primeval need to face a bull.

ELEPHANT Petita was painted with an ornamental design and bindi (decorative spot) to mark her birthday and the Hindu Festival Holi at Terra Natura, Benidorm.

‘flyboard’ is an accessory which attaches to the jet discharge of a jet ski or speed boat and lets the user ‘hover’ above the water.

Police heroes

MALLORCA

TWO National Police officers have been reunited with the baby they saved from choking in Benidorm. The infant’s mother called them her ‘guardian angels’ and ‘heroes.’

Beer cheer THE first 2,000 bottles of Torrevieja’s own artisan beer ‘La Rubia Lola’ have been sold.

New craze

NEW water sports craze ‘flyboarding’ has arrived in Tabarca and Santa Pola. The

Bolt from above AS many as 12,000 lightning bolts were registered following recent storms in Mallorca that inundated Alfabia with 57.4 litres of rain per square metre.

No treatment FRENCH NGO Doctors of the World denounced that at least 20 illegal immigrants in Mallorca have been expelled from the National Health System following a law passed by the central government in 2012.

Dismissal call

GUARDIA CIVIL officers arrested a woman who reportedly stole a watch, jewels and €4,000 in cash from the house of an old man she was taking care of.

Man drowned A MAN, aged 58, drowned on the El Cenicero beach in Torrox where he was spending the holidays with his family.

COSTA DEL SOL

Killer father A RETIRED soldier, 50, shot dead his daughter, 12, in their apartment in Cadiz, before committing suicide, police said.

Going solo FORTY-THREE per cent of self-employed workers who registered with the Social Security in the past year were foreigners.

Shoe in

MEMBERS of the opposition at Muro town council have asked for the resignation of the Environment councillor Nadal Muñoz as the local sand dunes were affected by a mega-party held nearby.

AN illegal immigrant was found hidden amongst shoe boxes in the back of a lorry at Algerciras Port after crossing from Tangiers (Morocco).

More visitors

Fish netted

MORE than two million tourists visited the Balearic Islands in July, according to the Spanish Institute of Tourism Studies. That is 1.7 per cent more than July 2012.

THE Junta de Andalucia regional government has seized more than 1,440 kilos of immature fish due to be sold in restaurants and markets in Malaga this summer.

Dual language MORE than 36,000 primary and secondary students will be taught in English this school year as part of a plan set up by the Education and Culture department of the Balearic government.

Grim job THE Malaga Institute of Legal Medicine carried out 896 post mortem examinations in 2012, of which 44 were cases of violent deaths.


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Stat of week SPAIN’s Social Security system had 1,632,903 foreign contributors last July. This was 8,919 fewer than in June this year and 132,029 fewer than in July 2012.

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Disaster that led to airline demise THE 2008 Madrid air disaster was decisive in the collapse of Spanair. After the accident in which 150 people

died, the airline lost around 20 per cent of its passengers and failed to win them back, found researchers from Sevilla and Castilla la Mancha universities. Passengers shun airlines after accidents they consider were caused by negligence, said Jose Ignacio Castillo, who led the investigation. There was clear contracts?” Rosell asked, evidence that what the before saying that he team described as a longknew there was little lasting Rainman effect chance of this happening. influenced potential “It would be a great customers, he said. experiment but I don’t They were referring to believe they would the Dustin Hoffman film accept. It’s Alice in of the same name which Wonderland,” he cited Qantas as the only admitted. airline that has never had “Contracts should be a fatal crash. flexible and correspond This effect was to employers’ needs,” particularly visible at Las Rosell said. “If we could Palmas airport, the hire for days, hours, destination of the Spanair months or years... flight which crashed at fantastic. We live in an Barajas airport on August absolutely flexible world.” 20, 2008. The CEOE does not Spanair lost 29 per cent want to take away of its Las Palmas clients, anyone’s privileges, although the number of insisted the confederpassengers using the ation’s vice-president airport remained pracArturo Fernandez the tically the same. following day. They simply used other airlines, Castillo said.

Flexibility call for contracts TIME could be running out for new open-ended work contracts. The time has come to start afresh and eradicate the duality of the labour market, said Juan Rosell, president of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE). Workers on indefinite contracts need to lose some privileges, Rosell told an Onda Cero radio interviewer. There should be more temporary contracts although “thankfully” these now account for 90 per cent of those signed, he said. “Would permanent workers accept new conditions to benefit those on temporary

Living off fat of the land THE number of self-employed agricultural workers has tripled since 2007. In July 2007 there were 87,291 autonomous workers in the sector who were registered with the Social Security system. By July this year this had risen to 266,000, said the Federation of Professional, Self-Employed and Entrepreneurial Organisations (OPA). “The increase is closely linked to

finding self-employed work as a consequence of the present economic situation,” said OPA’s national president Camilo Abietar. “Many young people and those without jobs are taking refuge in the land as a way of surviving the crisis,” Abietar explained. Agriculture is recovering lost ground and contributes increasingly to the national Gross Domestic Product, he said, and OPA has done everything possible to help.

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DEFUNCT: Spanair never recovered from deadly crash.


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PRICE(P) C O M PA N Y Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 385.50 Admiral Group PLC 1310.00 Aggreko PLC 1665.00 AMEC PLC 1100.00 Anglo American PLC 1427.50 Antofagasta PLC 901.00 ARM Holdings PLC 901.50 Associated Brit Foods 1882.50 AstraZeneca PLC 3202.50 Aviva PLC 396.50 Babcock Intrntnl Group... 1097.00 BAE Systems PLC 418.10 Barclays PLC 288.00 BG Group PLC 1170.00 BHP Billiton PLC 1945.00 BP PLC 440.00 British Am Tobacco PLC 3402.50 British Land Co PLC 582.00

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C O M PA N Y MMM 3M Co AA Alcoa Inc AXP American Express Co T AT&T Inc BAC Bank of America Corp BA Boeing Co CAT Caterpillar Inc CVX Chevron Corp CSCO Cisco Systems Inc DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and C... XOM Exxon Mobil Corp GE General Electric Co HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co HD Home Depot Inc INTC Intel Corp IBM International Business Machine... JNJ Johnson & Johnson JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co MCD McDonald's Corp MRK Merck & Co Inc MSFT Microsoft Corp PFE Pfizer Inc PG Procter & Gamble Co KO The Coca-Cola Co TRV Travelers Companies Inc UTX United Technologies Corp UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc VZ Verizon Communications Inc

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 114.40 8.05 73.65 34.29 14.57 105.48 83.89 119.53 23.86 57.90 87.52 23.78 22.40 73.89 22.44 185.42 88.41 52.32 95.13 47.73 34.75 28.34 80.01 38.52 80.19 102.80 72.54 47.61

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Most Advanced Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. China Recycling Energy Corporation Vestin Realty Mortgage I, Inc. Alimera Sciences, Inc. TOP Ships Inc. Independent Bank Corporation Energy Recovery, Inc. Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Glu Mobile Inc. Kirkland's, Inc. Allied Motion Technologies, Inc.

Most Declined DFC Global Corp ChemoCentryx, Inc. Dendreon Corporation Hibbett Sports, Inc. Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. Omeros Corporation National Research Corporation Double Eagle Petroleum Company The Descartes Systems Group Inc. CNinsure Inc. MannKind Corporation

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE Diageo PLC 2025.00 -3.50 easyJet PLC 1200.00 -12.00 Eurasian Nat Resources ... 208.40 -1.60 Experian PLC 1213.50 -6.00 Fresnillo PLC 1500.00 8.00 G4S PLC 234.00 -0.20 GKN PLC 335.55 0.80 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1660.50 6.50 Glencore Xstrata PLC 312.50 3.15 Hammerson PLC 491.00 4.30 Hargreaves Lansdown 984.50 2.00 HSBC Holdings PLC 695.00 2.20 IMI PLC 1426.50 13.00 Imperial Tobacco Gr PLC 2180.00 -5.00 InterCntnntl Hotels Gr 1844.50 2.00 International Consldtd 304.50 4.00 Intertek Group PLC 3100.00 17.00 ITV PLC 169.65 0.20 Johnson Matthey PLC 2735.00 40.00 Kingfisher PLC 346.50 6.00 Land Securities Group 932.50 15.50 Legal & General Group 206.00 0.10 Lloyds Banking Group 74.50 0.15 London Stock Exchange 1495.00 22.00 Marks & Spencer Group 448.50 12.30 Meggitt PLC 537.50 0.00 Melrose Industries PLC 292.15 5.00 National Grid PLC 744.00 5.00 Next PLC 4898.00 56.00 Old Mutual PLC 197.25 2.00 Pearson PLC 1325.00 5.00 Persimmon PLC 1166.50 -7.00 Petrofac Ltd 1250.00 23.00 Prudential PLC 1210.00 21.00 Randgold Resources Ltd 6000.00 85.00 Reckitt Benckiser Gr 4608.00 -20.00 Reed Elsevier PLC 839.00 0.00 Resolution Ltd 340.00 2.20 REXAM PLC 491.75 0.90 Rio Tinto PLC 3055.00 25.50 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1150.00 6.00 Royal Bank of Scotland 344.00 1.30 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2156.00 22.00 RSA Insurance Grp PLC 120.50 -0.10 SABMiller PLC 3106.00 61.50 Sage Group (The) PLC 363.50 1.80 Sainsbury (J) PLC 394.40 9.90 Schroders PLC 2312.00 27.00 Serco Group PLC 599.50 0.00 Severn Trent PLC 1805.50 11.00 Shire PLC 2325.00 -10.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 790.00 3.00 Smiths Group PLC 1304.50 0.00 SSE PLC 1565.00 5.00 Standard Chartered PLC 1534.00 7.00 Standard Life PLC 362.50 -1.60 Tate & Lyle PLC 757.75 9.50 Tesco PLC 369.07 6.70 Travis Perkins PLC 1675.00 24.00 TUI Travel PLC 375.25 -0.10 Tullow Oil PLC 1036.00 17.00 Unilever PLC 2664.00 21.00 United Utilities Grp PLC 695.00 4.00 Vedanta Resources PLC 1075.00 17.00 Vodafone Group PLC 191.25 1.70 Weir Group PLC 2210.00 3.00 Whitbread PLC 3257.50 43.00 William Hill PLC 444.55 3.70 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 275.50 6.60 Wolseley PLC 3242.50 24.00 Wood Group (John) PLC 817.50 4.50 WPP PLC 1207.00 30.00

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EVERYTHING’S going fantastic. There have been a few romantic dinners, a cheesy movie and a coffee date or two. He seems keen and she is equally as willing to give a relationship a go. But suddenly he falls off the radar. No more calls and he doesn’t respond to any of her What’s App messages. What happened? Chances are he got sick and tired of forking out for all the fun and A look games, while she kept at finance her wallet tightly snug for females in her handbag. Yes - that’s right Jane Plunkett according to a new study men want women jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews.com to pick up the tab occasionally too. When it comes to romance and money, it seems some girls find themselves treading in hypocritical territory. They want to be considered equal in the work world. They expect the same salaries, promotions and treatment as men, yet WOMEN: Better to pay your share. when it comes to paying for a date they are happy to let the man pay. old-fashioned chivalry from 21st century Any such females looking for lasting love men is never going to lead to happy-evershould be warned however, that expecting after.

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Modern men don’t want to pay for everything! The report reveals some interesting statistics bearing in mind that most females consider themselves part of Beyonce’s ‘Independent woman’ gang. A massive 84 per cent of men surveyed said that they paid for most dating expenses, 39 per cent of women admitted that they hoped men would not ask them to contribute, while 44 per cent of women were annoyed when men ‘expected’ women to pay. Despite the burning of bras and massive leaps in terms of equal rights for women and men, it seems that many women still expect men to pick up the bill when first dating. However the report does reveal that younger, college-educated women are more likely to offer to share the costs of dating. “It is a shared experience so it should be entirely shared, unless one partner is treating the other for a special occasion,” says one woman. Oh… and just for the record, 44 per cent of men said they would break it off with women who don’t offer to help pick up the tab. Does this explain why he didn’t reply to that message!

BUSINESS EXTRA

Change partners THERE were 43 bank mergers and takeovers in Spain since 2008, with four so far this year. In Europe only Russia, with 121 since 2008, had more.

Easy terms DEPARTMENT store El Corte Ingles reached a deal with Santander, BBVA, CaixBank, Sabadell, Banco Popular and Bankia to refinance 76 per cent of its €5 billion debt.

Hands up! CONSUMERS withdrawing cash from an ATM not belonging to their bank now pay an average charge of €3.50, which is up to twice as much as in 2008.


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IT would seem that for many people heading off on holiday the excitement starts with a spot of retail therapy at the airport. And the Spanish are at the top of the queue along with the British and Germans when it comes to airport purchases. New research from Mintel market analysts, finds, for many, airport shopping marks the start of their holidays. Today, more than one in 10 (13 per cent) of European travellers look forward to shopping at airport shops, a figure which rises to almost one in five (18 per cent) of Britons and compares to 16 per cent of Germans, and 13 per cent of French and Spanish respectively. What is more, it seems like travellers simply can’t resist that last minute purchase, as many as 34 per cent of European fliers admit they have bought items in airport shops which they hadn’t planned to buy. And it seems like the Spanish are the most impulsive buyers, 65 per

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RETAIL HOLIDAY: Travellers head for airport shops like this one in Madrid.

Captive customers make airport tills ring cent of them doing so, compared to 58 per cent of French and Germans, 57 per cent of Brits and 53 per cent of Italians. And while for the majority (58 per cent) shopping at airports remains a way to kill time before boarding a flight, airport stores could be much more than just that. Mintel’s research shows

that pre-booked collection and delivery services remain an untapped opportunity. Indeed, 19 per cent of European travellers would be interested in buying an item and picking it up on their return journey while 13 per cent would be interested in ordering an item at the airport and having it delivered to their destination.

Richard Perks, Director of Retail Research at Mintel, said: “People browse the shops because they have time to kill and, of course, that is good news for the retailers because it is likely to stimulate sales. “But there could be more to it than that. Airports should look to provide more pleasurable, potentially enriching activities. Lack of time is an issue, of course, and from the point of view of the airport operator, any space has to earn its way. But there should be scope for many more services.”

A beautiful deal as Revlon take over Colomer

SPANISH beauty care company The Colomer Group is being bought by industry giants Revlon in a $660 million (€495 million) deal. The cash deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Buying the family owned group will increase American cased Revlon’s penetration into the professional beauty salon market. Strategically Colomer complements Revlon, as it markets and sells professional products to salons and other professional channels under brands such as Revlon Professional hair care, which it currently licenses from the company under a longterm agreement. It also controls brands like Creative Nail professional nail polish, including its successful Shellac franchise.

Colomer also sells certain brands directly into retail channels, including Natural Honey body lotions and Llongueras hair care, and operates a multicultural hair-care business under the Crème of Nature brand. Approximately 50 per cent of its sales are in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with 40 per cent in the US, and the balance in the rest of the world. Lorenzo Delpani, Chief Executive Officer of Colomer said: “I am delighted that we are joining the Revlon family. My leadership team and the entire Colomer organisation are very proud of our accomplishments in building our business, and we look forward to working with Revlon and continuing the positive momentum of our company.”

Good news for Spain as exports are booming THERE was more good news for Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy as export growth boomed in June. Rajoy has stated that the country is ready to emerge from recession in the next six months after the tough, and unpopular, medicine of spending cuts and tax rises he administered. His policy of austerity to tackle huge deficits has been immensely unpopular. His claims that the medicine was working ‘but we haven’t seen the effects yet,’ particularly in labour market reforms, were greeted with scepticism. But latest figures, which reveal that exports rose 10.5 per cent in

June compared with the same period in 2012, show that Spanish manufacturers and the agricultural sector may be trading their way out of trouble. And with imports falling by 2.8 per cent from June 2012 the trade deficit was a very manageable €106 million. That looks extremely healthy compared to the €2.7 billion deficit in the same period last year. The Euro Weekly News has previously reported that reduced imports plus rising exports, with the car industry leading the way, led to Spain showing a trade surplus in March. That was the first time the country had shown a surplus in more than 40 years.


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Signs needed to alert tourists of crime threat A BRITISH family of four renting a property near where we live have had their holiday ruined by thieves who stole the wife’s handbag while they were in a local restaurant. The handbag contained the family passports, spending money, credit cards plus flight documents. Fortunately some friends on holiday with them in a neighbouring property were able to assist by driving them to the British Consulate to help unravel and sort out the situation. But I find it shocking that: 1. The urbanisation office does not warn holidaying families of the danger of being robbed locally. 2. No warning signs are even erected at local markets, shops, supermarkets or on the beach. Many police forces throughout Europe put up posters - in English and other languages - highlighting the threat of street crime, so why not the Spanish. Posters in police stations and official offices are no-good... they need to be out in the public arena where they can be clearly seen. Margaret Kersen, Riviera del Sol (Malaga)

Rubbish service WHEN the tractors go out early in the morning on the beach of La Cala de Mijas (Malaga) with the ‘sifting’ machines, they don’t actually remove the rubbish they are supposed to. I go for my walks on the beach first thing by the water’s edge. These tractors ply up and down creating a dust cloud from the river sand with a view to removing the day before’s detritus and leave the surface level, clean and ready for another hoard of tourists. What actually happens is that these machines merely crawl along redistributing and burying the majority of the plastic and paper food wrappers and empty bottles. There are three tractors some days that work the beach, representing a €250,000 capital investment, not to mention three town hall salaries for the men that operate them. All just to brush the rubbish under the carpet ! Robert Caley (By email)

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taxed and tested cars. What I object to is the vehicles that are being driven here illegally. I have lived in Spain for five years and see the same untaxed vehicles week after week and they never leave Spain. What prompted my original letter was when I parked next to a car with a tax disc with an expiry date 09.05., almost eight years out of date. I don’t suppose the driver of that car bothered with trivial things like ITV, tax and insurance. Geoff Birds,Los Gallardos, (Almeria) Editor’s note: This correspondence is now closed.

True value AFTER Mijas Council awarded the contract for the removal of rubbish for recycling to a new company, our yellow ‘plastics’ bin was removed. We now have to share with the next door community. This is the result. Not a very good image to show the many tourists around at the moment!

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parks in the town centre is one of the key reasons why people are going to other areas to shop. Why should people visit Torrevieja town centre when they can go to either the Habaneras or Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre where there is ample free parking? Even in the off peak months there is a decided lack of free parking in the centre of Torrevieja. Compared with other holiday destinations along the southern Costa Blanca, Torrevieja has not invested in free, landscaped, attractive car parks for the scores of people visiting the beach. Until Torrevieja changes its policy on parking, the town centre will continue to lose shoppers, streets will continue to have kerb to kerb parked cars and visitors will go to locations where parking is free and easy. Jan Holden (By email)

Bad business AS he was driving home the DJ from my business saw two black sex workers trying to steal a phone from a man. He tried to stop them. He did not know there was a police car behind him. They stopped to look as the ‘prostitutes’ grabbed the guy’s phone and ran. My DJ said the police saw what he did, but they just laughed and drove on. The DJ then drove round to see if he could spot the sex workers. He didn’t, but he did see more ‘prostitutes’ hanging around the cash point. Are the police going around with blinkers on? We can see what is going on. We need to bring down Calvia Council (Mallorca) and the police. What goes on here should be exposed in the UK press and TV. It may lead to one or two years’ bad business, but what we do now is for the future of Mallorca. Paul Smith, (By email)

Last word IN reply to Julian Ward (Letters, Road Laws, Issue 1467) I think he missed my point about UK registered vehicles being driven in Spain. I have no problem with people who drive their cars over for extended stays, in fact I have a couple of friends who do just that, in

A BRITISH tourist was hospitalised after an assault by a taxi driver in Magaluf over a fare of no more than €5. The taxi driver said the male was drunk and could not pay the fare. So apparently he thought it better to punch him five times in the face instead of calling the police. The casualty was taken by ambulance to hospital and the police let the taxi driver continue on his way. Just when are the Spanish going to realise how important tourism is to them and start to look after what is of true value? Andrew Donald (By email)

Buy British! I READ with interest the list of football transfers written by Tony Matthews (Issue 1467). Of the 72 players listed, only six, or roughly 8 per cent, seem to be British, let alone English. That does not really help poor Roy Hodgson (England manager) with his selections. Needs of club before country. Thank you Tony. I really enjoy your copy. Harvey Appel, Sorbas, (Almeria)

Passport help I RECENTLY needed to renew my British passport. I used the company Easy Post in Benidorm after seeing their advert in the Euro Weekly News. I found them very helpful with all the correct forms and photo details. I can definitely recommend them. I have absolutely no connection with this company but think credit where it’s due John Alfas (By Email)

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT brings vast numbers of their comrades home in body bags, and once again achieves precisely nothing except heartbreak and sorrow. Such is my distrust of these Arab nations, and as beyond belief it may appear to Western ears, I would not put it past the ‘rebel’ forces to have gassed their own, in the opinion that to lose a few was a small price to pay to gain the sympathy of the West and bring in their support and military might. A kind of lesser of the two evils. I certainly believe there is a cause for reasonable doubt. With Russia and China on our side the whole Mid-East situation could be resolved virtually

overnight. Until this happens, independent interference by the rest of Europe and the USA will merely cause unrest, mistrust, and an ultimate danger of plunging the whole world back to the dark days of the cold war and the almost unthinkable disintegration of peace, leading to a conflict that will result in the end of society as we know it. Is that scenario really worth taking a chance on? Somehow I think not. Once again I reiterate. Let these people sort themselves out. As long as they are no threat to us, the consequences of ‘holier than thou,’ morally affronted interference from the West, is simply not worth it. To risk escalating the violence, which could ultimately deliver us into the hands of the dark forces of satanic evil, would be a betrayal of all our ancestors have fought and died for.

Dog saves cat’s life AN 18-month-old labrador called Macy saved the life of Rory, a ginger cat with a rare blood transfusion after he became ill from having eaten rat poison.

Royal aid KHALID Mohsin Shaeri a 20-yearold man from Saudi Arabia weighing 96 stone (610 kilos), was airlifted from Jazan to a hospital in Riyadh on King Abdulla’s orders.

DECISION: Whether to act or not. Have a good week. If you’d like to see any of your correspondence published, keep ‘em short and send direct to the editorial team at EWN. Keep the Faith. Love Leapy. Web. Leapylee.co.uk. leapylee2002@hotmail.com

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DOES it not create a shudder of deja vu to see weapons inspectors entering yet another Mid-East area of death and destruction? At the time of writing I have no idea what the outcome of this latest incursion into Syria will bring. What I am convinced of however is that the whole exercise is merely a delaying tactic to appease the public and allow the Obamas and Camerons of this world time to decide whether to commit to action or not. The last time the inspectors went in (to Iraq) they discovered nothing. Blair and Bush of course then decided to attack anyway. Years, and thousands of deaths later, the situation in Iraq has still not been resolved. Let us hope that the lessons have been learned and whatever these inspectors discover, without the backing of Russia and China we stay well out of it. Our ‘masters of war’ simply have no right to plunge our brave troops into yet another lost cause, that

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New kind A NEW species of mammal has been identified. Native to Ecuador and Columbia the Olinguito looks like a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat.


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‘Naked Rambler’ documentary postponed T DISHING HE NAKED RAMBLER was last week postponed by BBC One. The one-off documentary about walker Stephen Gough was pulled from the schedules at late notice, after the fatherof-two was arrested in Winchester last week. A spokesperson for the BBC confirmed that the programme had not been shown for legal reasons. Gough, a former Royal Marine, had previously received an ASBO which prevented him from engaging in public nudity. He breached those terms by showing his buttocks and genitalia in public. The documentary followed the 54year-old’s bid to walk naked from Scotland to Hampshire, and had originally been due to broadcast at 10.35pm on Tuesday, August 20. It is currently unclear whether the BBC will air the documentary at a later date.

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After serving six-and-a-halfyears behind bars for his repeated public nudity last year, Gough walked from prison completely naked. He was then re-arrested days after his release. The White Queen will not be returning for a second series on the BBC, it has been confirmed. In a statement to Broadcast, the BBC insisted that the show was always planned as a oneoff series. The 10-part series was based on Philippa Gregory’s novel The Cousin’s War. Although the BBC is denying it ever intended to make a second series, it was previously rumoured that the broadcaster

was hoping to do a follow-up based on Gregory’s The White Princess if the series was a success. Max Irons, newcomer Rebecca Ferguson, Aneurin Barnard, Janet McTeer and James Frain were among the show’s cast. The show got a mixed response from critics when it launched and has been criticised heavily for its historical inaccuracies. Downton Abbey is to be sponsored by Tesco Finest for its upcoming fourth series. The supermarket chain will team up with the ITV period drama on several platforms, including TV, mobile and online. It marks the first TV sponsorship by the food range, and is part of Tesco’s £1 billion (€1.17 billion) six-point turnaround plan, which was announced after its first drop in UK profits in 20 years. David Wood, Tesco marketing director, said: “We are really

NAKED RAMBLER: Documentary on Stephen Gough postponed. excited to be working with Britain’s best-loved drama. Downton Abbey is a great brand fit for Tesco Finest. The show is well-crafted, authentic and inspiring.” Downton Abbey will be set in 1922 for its fourth series, beginning six months after the death of character Matthew Crawley. The series will return to ITV in September. If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on

678 332 815 or email richard@europa-digital.com. I look forward to your comments and questions.

Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8FM Coastal & 96.1FM Inland), now covering over 2000sq kms of Costa Almeria or listen online at costaalmeria.spectrumfm.net for the latest news and views from the world of satellite television.


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FRIDAY

THURSDAY 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Celebrity MasterChef 10:00pm DIY SOS The Big Build 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Who Do You Think You Are? 12:35am Bad Company

BBC2

4:25pm Talking Pictures 5:15pm A Picture of Britain 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Flog it! Trade Secrets 8:30pm Only Connect 9:00pm Dara O'Briain's Science Club 10:00pm The Men Who Made Us Thin 11:00pm Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Horizon 1:20am Maureen Lipman: If Memory Serves Me Right

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4:00pm Secret Dealers 5:00pm Long Lost Family 6:00pm Take on the Twisters 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale 9:30pm Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs 10:00pm Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy 11:00pm ITV News at Ten 11:35pm Syriana 1:50am Jackpot247

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4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm The Wedding Singer 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm American Pie: The Wedding 1:45am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Location, Location, Location 10:00pm Burgled 11:00pm Derren Brown 12:35am Random Acts

BBC1 4:00pm Escape to the Country Series in which buyers are helped to find their dream homes. 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day Cookery series. 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Celebrity MasterChef 10:00pm Big School 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Would I Lie to You?

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4:00pm Rowing 5:30pm Final Score 6:15pm That Puppet Game Show 6:55pm BBC News 7:05pm Regional News 7:10pm Weather 7:15pm Pointless 8:05pm I Love My Country 8:50pm The National Lottery 9:40pm Casualty 10:30pm Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm Weather 11:20pm Match of the Day

5:15pm Escape to the Country 6:00pm Songs of Praise 6:35pm Britain's Big Wildlife Revival 7:35pm BBC News 7:50pm Regional News 7:55pm Weather 8:00pm Countryfile 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow 10:00pm What Remains 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm Regional News 11:20pm Weather 11:25pm Match of the Day 2

MONDAY

BBC1 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Fight Back Britain 10:00pm Motorway Cops 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Football Focus

BBC2

4:35pm Talking Pictures 5:15pm A Picture of Britain 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Flog it! Trade Secrets 8:30pm Only Connect 9:00pm Mastermind 9:30pm Gardeners' World 10:00pm The Burrowers: Animals Underground 11:00pm The Trip 11:30pm Newsnight 12:05am Reading Festival Highlights 2013 1:35am The Quatermass Xperiment

ITV

4:00pm Secret Dealers 5:00pm Long Lost Family 6:00pm Take on the Twisters 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm UEFA Super Cup Live 11:10pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:45pm The Boat That Rocked 12:10am Jackpot247

ITV 2

4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Mamma Mia! 11:10pm The Nutty Professor 1:10am The Big Reunion

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4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Four Rooms 10:00pm Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 11:00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man 12:05am Rude Tube 1:05am Random Acts 1:10am The Last Leg

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SUNDAY - 6:30pm Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

BBC2 4:30pm Wild China 5:30pm Urban Jungle 6:00pm Flog It! 7:00pm Dragons' Den 8:00pm Proms Extra 8:40pm Dad's Army 9:10pm Thatcher: The Downing, Street Years 10:15pm Terror in the Desert 11:15pm QI XL 12:00am Jacknife

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4:25pm Midsomer Murders 6:30pm Local News and Weather 6:45pm ITV News and Weather 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 7:30pm Stepping Out 9:00pm The X Factor 10:20pm Through the Keyhole 11:15pm ITV News and Weather 11:30pm Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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4:15pm You've Been Framed! 5:15pm The Xtra Factor Rewind 6:15pm The Borrowers 7:10pm FYI Daily 7:15pm The Borrowers 8:05pm Small Soldiers 9:00pm FYI Daily 9:05pm Small Soldiers 10:20pm The Xtra Factor 11:20pm Celebrity Juice

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5:15pm Come Dine with Me 7:55pm Channel 4 News 8:25pm 9/11: 102 Minutes That Changed America 10:20pm Terminator 2: Judgement Day

BBC2 5:00pm Equestrian 7:00pm Flog It! 7:30pm Great Welsh Parks 8:00pm The Great British Bake Off 9:00pm Dragons' Den 10:00pm Story of the Jews 11:00pm Blackadder the Third 11:30pm Girl with a Pearl Earring

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4:50pm The Chase 5:50pm The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 7:30pm Local News and Weather 7:45pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The X Factor 10:00pm Vera 11:55pm ITV News and Weather 12:10am The Cube

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4:25pm FYI Daily 4:30pm Dennis 5:15pm The X Factor 6:40pm The Xtra Factor 7:45pm Twister 8:40pm FYI Daily 8:45pm Twister 10:00pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm The Chronicles of Riddick 11:55pm FYI Daily

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5:25pm Location, Location, Location 6:30pm Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 8:10pm Channel 4 News 8:40pm Rebuilding the World Trade Center 10:00pm The Dilemma 12:15am Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm The X Factor 10:00pm Miss Congeniality

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6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Jamie's Money Saving Meals 9:30pm Gadget Man 10:00pm The Lost Hero 11:00pm Ramsay's Hotel Hell

BBC1 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Rip Off Food 9:00pm Celebrity MasterChef 10:00pm Who Do You Think You Are? 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm The Call Centre 12:35am The Edge of Love

4:30pm Tony Curtis Talking Pictures 5:15pm A Picture of Britain 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Flog It! 8:30pm Swansea Market 9:00pm The Great British Bake Off 10:00pm The Midwives: Delivering Under Pressure 11:00pm Family Tree 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am Weather 12:20am Terror in the Desert

4:30pm Dirk Bogarde Talking Pictures 5:15pm How We Built Britain 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Flog It! 8:30pm Swansea Market 9:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels 10:00pm The Many Faces of Michael Crawford 11:00pm The Culture Show 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am The Midwives: Delivering Under Pressure

4:00pm Secret Dealers 5:00pm Long Lost Family 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Aussie Animal Island 9:00pm Ade in Adland 10:00pm Trauma: Level 1 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Words of War: Word's of Titanic 12:35am In Plain Sight

4:00pm Secret Dealers 5:00pm Long Lost Family 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Big Star's Little Star 10:00pm Whitechapel 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Great Night Out 12:35am The Dales

ITV

6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Flog It! 8:30pm Swansea Market 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm The Incredible Spice Men 10:00pm Robert Peston Goes Shopping 11:00pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme 11:30pm Newsnight

WEDNESDAY

4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm New Tricks 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese 12:25am Goodnight Britain

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SATURDAY

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4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! 10:00pm Hell's Kitchen 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm The Break-Up 12:45am FYI Daily 12:50am The Break-Up

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Double Your House for Half the Money 10:00pm Top Boy 11:00pm Desert Hostages 12:05am Random Acts 12:10am The Lost Hero

BBC2

ITV

ITV 2

4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Funniest Ever You've Been Framed 10:00pm Girlfriends 11:00pm Fool's Gold 11:55pm FYI Daily 12:00am Fool's Gold 1:25am America's Got Talent

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm How Not to Get Old 10:00pm Grand Designs 11:00pm The Last Leg 11:50pm I'm Spazticus 12:25am Random Acts 12:30am Itunes Festival 2013 1:05am Ramsay's Hotel Hell


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NE political figure has not allowed her skirts to brush the mire of government contracts, kickbacks and party funding revealed by Luis Barcenas. Stand up vice-president Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Hers is the only name not mentioned in the daily drip from the polluted tap opened by the former PP treasurer opened last January. Cornered when his Swiss bank accounts came to light, Barcenas has struck out wherever and whenever he can, laying bare what he claims is the party’s own financial skullduggery.

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If he could hurt Mariano Rajoy through his vice-president he would. That he has not yet harmed Saenz de Santamaria is the best political recommendation she could ask for.

Spare a thought for Spanish women whose names exactly match those of their compatriots wanted in Peru on drugs’ charges. Several Spanish tourists have languished in Peruvian jails while Interior ministries half-heartedly tried to extricate themselves and the victims from the snarl of paperwork. And they weren’t carrying cocaine.

Mule train THE two British girls accused of trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru have a mighty problem.

DRUGS: Not a good idea.

It had nothing to do with me, guv DOLORES DE COSPEDAL made her expected statement to judge Pablo Ruz, investigating the Gurtel and Barcenas cases. Although she is PP secretary general she had nothing to do with the arrangement whereby sacked Luis Barcenas - whom she is known to dislike - continued to be paid, De Cospedal said. That decision belonged to Mariano Rajoy

and Javier Arenas, PP grandee and vice-secretary general. Opprobrium has rained down on her since then for landing Rajoy and Arenas in the fertiliser and saving her own skin. Presumably her critics would have preferred her to dissemble and add one more to the pack of lies already heard regarding Barcenas. JAVIER ARENAS: Vice-secretary general.

Dressing down INEVITABLY Soraya Saenz de female who does not win over Santamaria and Dolores de floating voters and she knew it. Cospedal are not bosom Saenz de Santamaria pals and less so wore the veil without following an incident peineta having learnt last December. that it was unnecesBoth attended sary. the ceremony To De Cospedal’s when Benedict alleged fury, the XVI named the vice-president did Spanish Saint, not tell her and Juan de Avila, a apparently there Doctor of the was a furious Church. exchange between They were dressthe two women who ed in rigorous black - only Spain’s queens squabbled throughout and princesses may Mass. wear white in the Saenz de Santamaria De Cospedal is papal presence - and now beginning to Cospedal fixed her lace need all the friends she can mantilla with a high comb. muster and needs them The outfit smacked of the untarnished. Will the viceOr old days and stereotyped ultra- president be an ally? Catholic Spain. De Cospedal continue to allow De Cospedal resembled a certain type of PP to make her own mistakes?


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www.euroweeklynews.com WE were experiencing the perfect summer, hot but not unbearable. A fresh breeze always crept up about 11 to keep things cool. She that rules decided it was going to be a beach day tomorrow. Now, you’d think that going to the beach would be nothing more than finding a towel, wearing some shorts, and off to the waters. Not so if you were brought up an American. It is a journey of strategic importance leaving no latitude for error. The night before is full of purposeful planning and essential survival calculations. What to sit on. What to shield us from the sun. What for the skin, head, legs, nose and feet. What to do once there? The true amount of paraphernalia you can bring is to be wondered at and esteemed by all that watch with teeth grinding envy. Any journey of such magnitude and peril should not be entered into lightly. More than anything else,

Costa de Almería

How to conquer the beach, with true American style! Ric Polansky Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

LOOKING BACK IN MOJACAR FAMILY TIME: While I slept the kids made sand castles. great deliberation is needed to find the perfect spot on the beach to make your outing memorable. Feng Shui, shamanic

visions, and damn good luck are usually needed for that special spot. Or, just get up well before sunrise, so you can get to the beach before the rest arrive.

You must avoid going to the local beach where you are known and can be found and spoken to about some trifling matter. Avoid this at all costs as beach

days are reverent and sanctified family time. I will say, it wasn’t until about my sixth trip back to the car to garner more collectibles that I got noticed by the early morning risers. By the 35th journey, a line had formed on either side wending its way from the beach to my car all proudly clapping me with great honour. By then observers from the Sierra Alpujarras had come down to applaud my deeds and admire the walled fort I had created. Stateside, I might have been just another beach monkey, but here in Spain I was someone to be gawked at with credulous admiration if not worshipped. Ten or 15 more trips and I had worn myself

to a frazzle, let alone reaped the admiration of one and all. I finally fell to my knees, opened three quick cold beers, sucked them down and slept deeply in the shade of one of the 14 umbrellas we had brought. When I woke, I gazed about me in complete disbelief. The far abundant sands to the left and nearest the village were as empty as the Sahara, yet within whispering distance was an encampment of 400 other colourful beach blankets, barking dogs, screaming kids and husbands bellowing rude comments to near and familiar blankets. I would have thought more about it, but my wife announced it was already time to go.


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WE love the summer holidays here in southern Spain… A time for cocktails and sunbathing and a break from the old routines, often including our regular exercise sessions! Restarting an exercise programme after any kind of break can be hard going, but just how long can you stay away before you begin to suffer negative effects, and how easy will it be to resume your training programme? * If you’ve taken a long break of a year or more then you would be considered as being a beginner when returning to exercise. Start off by working out a moderate pace and you can expect to see results in around six to eight weeks. * A break of two to three months can cause a fair loss of aerobic capacity, as well as flexibility. Don’t be tempted to go straight back in at the level you were at previously as this can cause injury - try building up over a course of four weeks, and pay particular attention to stretching. If work or other commitments force you to miss out on planned exercise for this amount of time, then try integrating activity into your day in any way possible, and remember

short bursts of exercise are better than nothing at all. * A two week break brings good news for your body. If you were training hard before a break then it’s possible you will return stronger, having given your body time to repair and recover. Aerobic fitness may be affected slightly, but strength losses should be minimal. Planning a break in your routine can therefore be effective, as well as helping reduce the possibility of burnout and illness. Beware unplanned breaks, though, where two weeks turns into two months, and getting back to a regular routine becomes a distant memory.

TRAINING: Give your body time to repair and recover.

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Five foods for fabulous hair FIVE simple foods could be the key to transforming hair from looking lifeless and dull to shiny, bouncy and lustrous.

What we put into our bodies is just as important as the products we use, try these hair-health boosting foods to give a revived and

healthy look to hair. Salmon is high in omega three content. The human body doesn’t naturally produce these fatty acids which are vital for strong and healthy hair growth. Walnuts are full of Vitamin E, which helps protect hair from sun damage to cells, and biotin, which helps prevent hair loss. They also contain copper, which helps retain natural hair colour. Eggs are a great source of protein, which help replace hair that is naturally

lost every day. Spinach contains beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C, which are crucial for keeping hair follicles healthy and scalp moist. Vitamin C also improves circulation to the scalp, preventing the hair from breaking. Greek yoghurt is high in vitamin B5, often found in hair care products. It also contains Vitamin D, which helps keep hair follicles revived and healthy.


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How to get rid of cellulite THE most effective way to combat the appearance of unwanted cellulite is not through products and creams, but through quality sleep, the correct nutrition and exercise. That is according to personal trainers and doctors, many of whom say seven to eight hours sleep, drinking water to remain

hydrated and the correct exercise can make all the difference to a bumpy bottom. According to personal trainers exercise strategies like using a treadmill or bike are the most effective ways to burn fatty deposits. The first exercise strategy is on a treadmill. Warm up for three to five

Skin cancer more deadly in men WOMEN have a better chance of surviving malignant melanoma; the most serious type of skin cancer. New data released by Cancer Research UK shows that men are 70 per cent more likely to die from the disease, even though similar numbers of men and women are diagnosed every year in the UK. The latest figures show that 3.4 men per 100,000 die from malignant melanoma, compared with two per 100,000 women.

BUMPY: Exercise helps. minutes at a speed of 3.5 miles per hour. Then up the speed and run for three to five minutes. Rest for one minute and repeat the process. End with a three to five minute cooling off period at a lower speed. Secondly cycle on a stationary or normal bike. Begin with a three to five minute warm up at a low or medium speed. Then cycle for four minutes at a relatively high speed. Allow two minutes to rest and repeat the process. Cool down once finished.

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) You can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what others have to say. Travel will be good if you are seeking knowledge. Minor accidents may occur if you donʼt concentrate on what youʼre doing. Problems with financial investments could make you nervous. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Arguments with children or friends may leave you steaming. You will have excellent ideas and you should be able to help your partner get ahead. Concern yourself with legal matters and formulating contracts rather than finalising your objectives.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Changes involving your domestic scene may be unpleasant. Try to mix business with pleasure while travelling. You can convince anyone of anything. Get your domestic chores out of the way early.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) You need to sit back and enjoy. Things have been moving so quickly that you need to do something physical to release your tension. Unexpected changes in friendships could occur. Make creative changes to your living quarters.

CALL MY BLUFF 1. Acosmist 1. a collection or book of nautical maps 2. a costly mistake made by a lawyer, usually in court 3. one who believes that nothing exists 2. Baldric 1. a belt worn over the shoulder and chest used to hold a sword 2. a diet of bread and water 3. move in a straight line 3. Cachinnation 1. excessive spending on food and drink 2. the habit of sitting down 3. loud or hysterical laughter 4. Defalcation 1. the categorising of something that is useless or trivial 2. misappropriation of funds by the person or group entrusted with them 3. a poor attempt at whistling 5. Effulgent 1. able to tell artful or skilled lies 2. the habit of sitting down 3. shining or resplendent

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) You are likely to reveal information unintentionally. Youʼll find it easy to charm members of the opposite sex this week. Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries to fast talk their way into your heart.

emotional upset if you arenʼt well organised. Try not to take everything so seriously. Be sure to find out all you can before you commit to anything. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Put your efforts into being creative. Donʼt give out any personal information that you donʼt want spread around. You could lose a good friend because of it. Learn some new skills that will increase your income.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) New partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Property investments could be prosperous. You canʼt do everything on your own.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) You canʼt make things better if you donʼt know what to fix. You may interest people in a service you have to offer. Work quietly behind the scenes for best results. Donʼt hesitate to look for alternatives that will enable you to raise the kind of donations you need to do the job right.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Your home environment may be hectic, which could result in

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CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Your ability to visualise will help you convince others of the possibilities. Insincere gestures of friendliness may be misleading. Spend some time with people who can shed some light on your personal situation.

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) Those you work with may have little consideration for the underdog. You can raise your standard of living if you pick up some freelance work on the side. Donʼt jump into investments too quickly.

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

TARGET:

Very good: 46 Excellent: 57

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

arid, bald, bard, bird, bold, brad, dial, dill, doll, drab, drib, idol, laid, lard, lido, load, lord, raid, road, board, braid, broad, drill, droll, laird, rabid, radio, bridal, dollar, ribald, bollard, BILLBOARD

Word ladder HELD

Move from the start word (HELD) to the end word (SWAY) 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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The word that springs to mind this year is willpower. You will need to keep a watchful eye on your expenses, and of course will have to allow for the occasional setback. However, the planets will support any plans to make necessary career changes.

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VIRGO (August 24 September 23) Use your energy wisely. You may find yourself in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Someone envious of your popularity may challenge you to a debate. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

ADRA

1. Acosmist - 3. one who believes that nothing exists, 2. Baldric - 1. a belt worn over the shoulder and chest used to hold a sword, 3. Cachinnation 3. loud or hysterical laughter, 4. Defalcation - 2. misappropriation of funds by the person or group entrusted with them, 5. Effulgent - 3. shining or resplendent


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CRYPTIC Across 1 Bureau right for a military man (7) 5 Tibetan monk is hiding a letter from Greece (4) 8 Great regal style (5) 9 Thanks to policeman for assessment (7) 11 Country of origin of Cambridge university graduate (4) 12 Layer upon layer of food for a snack! (8) 15 Virginia rented a personal assistant (5) 16 Duke left dodgy earthenware (5) 19 Jenny was in pain, then set upon (8) 21 Start pick-up, leave luggage, bring in (4) 23 Cop woke disoriented cattleman (7) 25 Eagles that are found in higher nests than most (5) 26 Enthusiastic nurse is after weekend sweetheart (4) 27 Dotty whacks a metal cutter (7) Down 2 Itʼs said that Goldilocks miscounted her antecedents (9) 3 Article from another time (4) 4 Seduce flipping boyfriend? No Romeo! (6) 5 Part of the arbitration process (3) 6 Unusual cut in garment (5) 7 Identify a palace without an American in it (5) 10 Small viper thatʼs more unhappy (6) 13 Viral disease took off, say, in its abbreviated form (9) 14 Code Iʼm using for one who diagnoses (6)

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Stepmother (9) 7 Oveja (5) 8 Before (5) 9 Comb (for hair) (5) 10 Reyes (monarcas) (5) 11 To believe (5) 12 Usher (in court etc) (5) 14 Maíz dulce (9)

Co d e B r e a ke r 17 Avenge damaged city (6) 18 Bishopʼs final outburst (5) 20 Feed the furnace in this town (5) 22 An item of schoolroom furniture for some of the Greenland Eskimos (4) 24 An enclosure for a writer (3)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 7 Create, 8 Reagan, 9 Salt, 10 Idolater, 11 Chimney, 13 Mossy, 15 Lauds, 17 Fusspot, 20 Militant, 21 Bath, 22 Humane, 23 Craven.

QUICK Across 1 Insolently proud (8) 6 Unattractive (4) 8 Public houses (4) 9 First (8) 10 Senior barrister (6,7) 11 Sports unit (4) 13 Remain (4) 17 Housekeeping gadget (6,7) 20 Large bottle (8) 21 Close by (4) 22 Long-eared mammal (4) 23 Reluctant (8)

Down 1 More (3) 2 Sixteen (9) 3 Manzano (5,4) 4 Chándal (9) 5 Authentic (9) 6 Glasses (for drinking) (5) 9 Chest (5) 13 Rum (3)

Down 2 Become depleted (3,3) 3 Coarse (7) 4 Particles (5) 5 Suit makers (7) 6 Fusion (5) 7 Chief (6) 12 Gigantic (7) 14 Versus (7) 15 Picture taker (6) 16 Stay put (6) 18 Combine (5) 19 Connections (5)

Down: 1 Preach, 2 Taut, 3 Defiled, 4 Droop, 5 Paragons, 6 Ravers, 12 Madrigal, 14 Justice, 16 Animus, 18 Outlet, 19 Jaded, 21 Beam. QUICK Across: 1 Scam, 4 Hoarse, 8 Concern, 9 Purge, 10 Pain, 11 Arrogant, 13 Melodrama, 17 Hay fever, 19 Visa, 21 Solve, 22 Glottis, 23 Escort, 24 Sort. Down: 2 Confirm, 3 Meek, 4 Hundredweight, 5 Approval, 6 Syria, 7 Petty, 8 Cope, 12 Alter ego, 14 Aviator, 15 Chase, 16 Bars, 18 Yells, 20 Boss. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Uncertain, 8 Amiga, 9 Nieta, 10 Tree, 11 Cama, 15 Ritmo, 17 Necks, 18 Gentleman.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 5 represents B and 20 represents C, so fill in B every time the figure 5 appears and C every time the figure 20 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.

Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter 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 (PRINCE) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

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Unscramble the name of a James Bond film (three words): THEORY AND IDEA

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WHEN I last wrote about Ryanair, one EWN reader left a very nice comment on my website, but finished up with the thought that any article on the airline only served Chief Executive Michael O’Leary’s purpose: free advertising. True. One of the reasons he acts so outrageously can be seen in the relative advertising budgets of Ryanair and its rivals. Ryanair spends far less than easyJet per customer on publicity and that’s because the media are only too happy to give yards of column space to O’Leary’s latest money saving musings from ‘standing’ tickets to paying to use the loo. (Oops! Guilty myself here!) I mean, what next? Undercarriage class? Bring your own warm woolly! Or helicopter sling loads? Get collected from your own front lawn and dropped from a great height right into your destination back garden! No more taxis, buses or trains. Cheap, fast and efficient! Not pointing a finger at anyone in particular, ahhhmm ahhmm, if you deliberately court such publicity, sooner or later the chickens are going to come home to roost (to mix a couple of metaphors). And the latest publicity O’Leary’s received - the recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme on Ryanair’s air safety policy - alleging, amongst other things, a league table of pilots ranked by the amount of fuel they take on board,

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can’t have been the sort he had in mind. Now, everyone knows Ryanair makes much of its dosh from add-ons. And to get a €20 flight you’ve got to obey every rule to the letter. This means ticking all the no boxes in the booking process, not carrying anything except exact-size hand luggage, printing out your boarding card, checking in online, not buying food, drink or scratch cards on board nor paying for ‘priority’ boarding. Everyone who’s used the airline has had exactly the same experience. Ryanair seems to make money out of those not able (or willing) to follow the rules. Otherwise it’s as cheap as chips.

CHEAP AIRLINE: But cheapness is not the issue, is it safe or not? But cheapness isn’t at issue here. What is at issue is whether Ryanair’s safe or not. This would seem to be the relevant point. The rest is a matter of personal choice (sort of). That’s the million dollar question. Or, for all you EWN readers: €20 - the rest’s comprised of add-ons.

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Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca. Editor’s note: Ryanair has never had a fatal accident. The airline has gone on record to say safety is a top priority. It complies with all European and national legislation, and the independent Irish Aviation Authority has recently confirmed that Ryanair’s safety is “on a par with the safest airlines in Europe.”

Emergency supplies to think about What five individual items would you pack in a pre-prepared ‘Go-bag’ to take if ever faced with an emergency (fire, tsunami, IT’S not something that often crosses the mind unless an emergency actually occurs, what to take? Showing love shines through on the Costa Blanca, Norwegian Unni Kvam, aged 68, retired and now living in Torrevieja, struggled to think of five things to pack in a pre-prepared ‘go bag.’ The only thing she would want was her husband Kiell: “My husband is the most important thing to me and I think people get too hung up on material possessions. When we die we don’t take it with us do we,” she said. However on the Costa del Sol, Gordon Naylor, a retired fireman who lives in Alhaurin el Grande had a really good think about what he would take. Eventually with help from his daughter and son-in-law Gordon decided on practical items including “a torch, a lighter, a first aid kit, and an axe and mobile phone.” These he said were his final choice as they are “essential

LIGHT HEARTED: Linda would want something entertaining. survival items, except for the mobile phone which you could use to contact other people.” But a combination of practical and entertaining items were more up Linda Carson’s street. She said she would take “water, rice, a saucepan in which to cook the rice, a lighter to boil the rice and an OK magazine” to keep her occupied.

earthquake etc), which meant your home and all other belongings would be destroyed?

PRACTICAL MAN: Gordon nails the survival kit.

STREET TALK Waitress Shellie Williamson, aged 22, on holiday from Norfolk (UK) struggled to narrow it down to five things. She said: “That’s

INSEPARABLE: Unni would just want her husband Kiell with her.

really hard, I’d be very practical and have things like food, water, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and shampoo all ready to go. But then I also couldn’t live without my iPhone and hair straighteners and I’d want my photos with me.” Another point of view was to take things of sentimental value. “I would take only things that mean something to me, photo-

graphs, presents or items of sentimental value. Everything else can be replaced easily excepting memories,” said Michael Everitt from Gloucestershire. He moved to Spain a few years ago when his home in Britain was flooded and he lost several valuable sentimental items including photos. Josh Lovatt, 25, said he had spent lots of time deciding on what he would do in the case of a disaster. “Natural disasters are becoming more of a regular occurrence every day, so you have to be prepared,” he said. Josh has an entire plan of action should something happen to him. He would plan to take, “a bag of fertile soil, seeds and water to be self sufficient in growing your own food” along with “a stationery set to write letters. Mobile phones run out of battery, but you can ration what you write down” and finally “a trained pigeon, this way you have all the necessary items for survival and communication.”


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ASK any chef you know what their dream place is and you may be surprised to hear it is not an ‘el Bulli’ style three star Michelin restaurant, nor to be king of an empire of eateries. Their castle in the sky will most likely be a little neighborhood restaurant on the corner. A comfortable place with just enough tables to keep it manageable. A space filled with regulars that are out for a nice meal, perhaps celebrating with friends and family. Hotel Tikar’s Restaurante Azul is that sort of place. The dining room is warm with teak chairs, a jojoba wooden floor and round tables with bright linen. The walls are decorated with paintings by local artists. Nestled in the back is a hidden gem. An oasis of a garden for those who prefer to dine al fresco, poolside. The waiting staff is kind and friendly. Most everyone seems to know the owner Sean by name. He is quick with a smile and genuinely pleased you are there. The menu offers nine choices on each course:

starters between €7-€8, mains €15-€16.50 and desserts €3.50-€5.50. There is also an option of €24.50 with your choice of the three courses. The food is an interesting combination of Californian, Sean’s birthplace, and Spanish. The corn and crab seafood chowder comes from straight across the pond. The prawns in a bechamel sherry sauce are more Mediterranean. There is a surprising diversity of entrées: leg of lamb fillets come with a mint olive oil pesto, hake sautéed with grapes and toasted almonds, duck leg confit and tender entrecot steak. We cannot fail to mention the homemade desserts: creamy cheese

cake, traditional ‘leche frita’ and a molten chocolate cake to satisfy the most die-hard chocoholic. These dishes are well made simple pleasures served with affection. There is also a small wine shop with shelves of bottles to grab your own to open at the table, or to take home. This year they have started a new lunch ‘menu del día’ at €12.50, including a first, main, dessert, bread and drink. Restaurante Azul is a lovely place that many a chef may fantasize about calling their own.

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AUGUST is the month when most Spaniards take their holidays, and for those who head for the Almeria coast from the cities it may well be a pleasant surprise to see the prices in the chiringuitos and bars that line the coast. Whether it is the economic crisis, or the bars and restaurants vying for the passing trade, prices are more competitive than ever, offering good deals to entice customers into spending their holiday money. At this peak time of year, when many bars rely on the summer months to get them through the winter period, locals and holidaymakers from all over Europe can still find affordable prices and enjoy a meal and leisure activities without breaking the bank.

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Ice cream (Cornetto style or equivalent)

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FOR water sports on the Costa Blanca we found a company in La Manga offering the cheapest jet ski rental at €60 for half an hour which can hold two passengers. However, there is no need to compare prices if visiting beaches along the Orihuela Costa from Mil Palmeras to Torrevieja as the same company do all the jet ski and pedalo hire with prices the same across all the beaches. Local beaches also offer good value in terms of facilities, we didn't find any that charged for parking or toilets.

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THE Axarquia’s many hidden gems of beaches offer a more natural experience than the more developed tourist hotspots of the neighbouring Costa del Sol. But local councils have made a big effort to improve facilities at local town beaches. Prices generally did not vary too much, but some beaches offered ‘bargain’ prices compared to some other areas of Spain.

Costa del Sol

IT depends entirely where you stay in Mallorca. Up north, Can Picafort can be quite reasonable, even though quite sought after, down south, a complete mix. Mallorca has a lot of new exclusive beach club style places springing up that are pricey for sunbed hire, drinks etc but they are the place to be seen by tourists and residents, whereas somewhere like Cala Bona or Cala Mayor, the beaches are really lovely and the value for money is unbeatable and still the customer service is second to none. EWN also found during research, services and bars/restaurants offered at nudist beaches were considerably higher than those of their local counterparts.

PRICE varies depending on the level of luxury wanted. We did not include prices from the top ‘celebrity’ beach bars in some of the more exclusive parts of Marbella where prices can be €150 a day for an enormous ‘sunbed’ including luxury service. A jug of Sangria can set you back €55 and magnums of Champagne up to €2,445. A day out could cost hundreds if not thousands of euros, but they are the places to be seen rubbing shoulders with celebrities. Instead we looked at more down to earth beach bars, but even their prices varied.

Plate Calamares Axarquia

Costa Blanca

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Almeria

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€5.50

€6

€4.50

€8

€5.50

€8

€10

€28

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€16

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Almeria

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€1.25

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Glass of Tinto Verano Lowest Highest

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Getting ready for annual pilgrimage PREPARATIONS for the annual pilgrimage to the Saliente Monastery get under way tomorrow night (Friday). The Church of the Conception in La Loma will host the start of nine days of prayer (known as the Novena) from 8pm. As always, the pilgrimage takes place on the night of September 7 which, coinciding with the weekend, is likely to attract more devotees

than in recent years. On Friday, September 6, after the Novena in the monastery, there will be a meal for the brotherhood. The following day Saturday, September 7 is the day which attracts the most devotees with Mass held at 5pm, 6pm and 8pm. The long walk, which attracts devotees from around Spain, begins at midnight (Saturday night/Sunday morning) from the main square in Albox after the traditional hymn. Thereafter follows Mass on the Sunday morning at 5am, 7am, 8.30am and 10am for the pilgrims. Prayers will be held at midday followed by the procession of the Virgen del Saliente and Mass at 6pm, 8pm and 9.30pm.

WATER SAGA: Residents still making a plea for drinkable water.

Residents await action on water MORE than 200 people who wrote to the regional government’s health council about Albox’s undrinkable water have got their reply. But the response from the Junta could not have been more disappointing say members of the Blue Wave Group. The response informs them that the water of Albox has high levels of sulphates, conductivity and sodium. They have now proceeded to transfer the complaint to the town hall asking it to take measures as soon as possible. Some of the questions the group is asking include: Does this mean they weren’t aware of the situation? Or they haven’t done anything until they received the complaints from the public? No one is responsible for anything? The saddest part has been the sense of abandonment of the citizens in reading that the council is covering up for the town hall by indicating that it is providing an alternative supply, say group members. For years many residents have been forced to buy drinking water in supermarkets or private trucks that pass through the town, therefore paying twice for water. For these reasons, the Citizens Movement, Albox Blue Wave has announced that it will resort to the courts to settle responsibilities, and will continue to make all the necessary actions to get something as basic and decent as the human right to safe drinking water. Meanwhile on the other side of the coin, the provincial PSOE has said in a press release that “the government team of Albox is working hard to solve the problems of the water supply suffered by the municipality. Only days after the

authorisation of the Junta de Andalucia to connect to the pipes that distribute water from the Negratín reservoir that passes close to the town, the mayor of Albox Rogelio Mena, announced that the connection is completed. “The town hall is working on the construction of pipelines that will carry water from the main connection to the local supply and the future water treatment plant. Mr Mena stressed the government team is aware that this is the biggest and most urgent problem and he has not wasted any time in working to find a solution, and even though it’s August we have managed to complete the pipe junction with the Negratín reservoir. “In the coming days, the town hall will continue working on opening a trench about 500 metres long, and its subsequent casing, allowing the Negratin reservoir to carry water to the local network and finally in all the homes of Albox there will be water with ‘optimum quantity and quality.’ “That was the commitment of all the councillors who make up the socialist government team in Albox, and until we see it is a reality, we will continue working with restraint and responsibility warned Mr Mena. “Moreover, the mayor also announced that the project to build a water treatment plant is ‘almost finished.’ Mr Mena is confident the work will begin ‘in the coming weeks’ and, in any case, said ‘will be completed by next summer.’ The Albox mayor took the opportunity to thank people for the amount of support they are receiving ‘both by institutions and by the citizens’ in the work being done by the council to solve the water problem.”


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F you have never grown vegetables in Spain now is a good time to start making preparations in order to have some first crops for Christmas. If you are already an active vegetable gardener there is much to do from harvesting and storing summer crops to preparing beds for October plantings. We look at both this week. 1. Starting a vegetable garden a. First decide on the scale of your vegetable growing. This can range from growing a few vegetables in a few large pots and containers to a four square metre raised bed in a corner of a garden to a full plot of 100 to 400 m2. b. If you are planning a mini garden collect the necessary number of containers. Choose ones that will look aesthetic or can be disguised. As a half way house to a raised bed an old bath is ideal as a mini vegetable bed. We assume that you do not have a compost heap so fill all containers with a mix of potting compost and the worm humus that is now available in garden centres in bags, or use a bag of organic fibrous compost prepared from goat manure which is sold at many local agricultural cooperatives. c. If you plan raised beds start to build the walls as soon as possible. Aim at a 30 to 40 centimetres minimum height and a width of 70 to 100 centimetres wide. The length can be anything from two metres to thirty metres! Why not a long raised bed along the back of the garden or along one side? When the walls are built fill the bed with a mix of compost and soil. If you have a compost heap use the next batch of

Growing tasty and healthy vegetables GROWING YOUR OWN: Start making preparations in order to have your first crop for Christmas. Dick Handscombe

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finished compost. If you live near an eco park that sells inexpensive compost, buy that. If not purchase bags of organic compost from a garden centre or agricultural cooperative. Aim for a 25 to 35 per cent compost to 65 to 75 per cent soil mix. d. If you plan a large plot clear it of all weeds and dig, plough or rotovate the soil to a fine tilth. On the last working, mix in two 20 litre plastic buckets - the sort Spanish builders use - of well rotted compost and manures or the compost from an eco park. Leave for a fortnight to settle, removing any weeds that come up, before you plant anything. e. In the above suggestions we have

assumed that you are planning to grow organic vegetables. 2. First sowings or plantings The crops suitable for sowing or planting as purchased plantlets in September include lettuces, carrots, rocket, radishes spinach, chard, broccoli, onions, leeks and potatoes to produce new potatoes for Christmas. When you sow remember that they will need watering until the autumn rains. 3. Progressing the established vegetable garden a. Harvesting will be in full swing and now is the time to store or process excess crops for the winter.

Dig up any remaining onions and garlic. Wash off the earth, lay out to dry for a week and then hang in bunches or plaits in a cool dry place to store. Melons, squash and pumpkins can be stored on shelves in a cool dry cellar, garage or north facing naya. Dig up peanuts, wash, dry in the sun and store in a dry cool place until baking in a low oven or eating fresh. Excess tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, and cucumbers can be processed into chutneys and tomatoes and beans bottled in brine. Also start some pickled onions by bottling onions in a cider vinegar and water solution pre boiled with some

pickling spice. b. Remove all plants as they finish cropping. Put healthy material on the compost heap and burn anything diseased. c. Continue to look out for summer pests and fungal attacks, especially on tomatoes and peppers. As a precaution dust the

plants lightly with natural sulphur through an old sock. Prune and feed tomato plants to encourage new growth and a continuation of tomatoes into late autumn. d. Feed the paella beans planted in July and pinch out the ends of flowers on the butter beans. e. Don’t forget to water or irrigate until the autumn rains. f. Make the sowings listed in section ‘2’ above. g. Turn the compost heap, watering each layer to ensure that it is damp after the summer suns. These tips should get you going but you will learn much more by purchasing copies of our vegetable growing bible ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables In Spain’ and our good eating guide ‘Living Well From Our Garden.’ Both available from Amazon Books. Next week we will focus on recently received readers questions. © Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com August 2013


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Your pet is actually taking care of you WANT to hear some healthy talk? Then tune in to Pets, Vets and Guests show on Talk Radio Europe. It will be starting its third year on September 7 and every Saturday at 10 am. You’ll learn why people who have pets also have lower blood pressure, higher good cholesterol, and a healthier outlook. Surprised? Join David the Dogman, a specialist on all aspects of dog training and behaviour with Nazli, a Vet from the Pointer Clinic Estepona, Celia Haddon a specialist on all small animals who was the agony aunt with the Telegraph for over 20 years and Anna Frick, a trainer and behaviourist. Do you want to know about the spiritual qualities of animals? They will discuss medical and social scientific proof that pets make people better. They will take you to a whole new level of appreciation for our

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Drink responsibly HOLIDAYMAKERS are being urged to think before they drink too much when in Spain. The UK’s Foreign and

Commonwealth Office says many Britons abroad find themselves in trouble with the police or seriously hurt after drinking excessively. Now it is asking expatriates to pass on to visiting friends and relatives the message: “On holiday, don’t let drink do your talking.” It is encouraging young holidaymakers to think before and while they drink to avoid putting themselves at risk of serious harm and ending up in hospital, jail or even worse.

New research shows that around half (51 per cent) of 16-24 year olds say they are likely to drink more on holiday than at home. Almost two thirds (62 per cent) attributed this to alcohol being cheaper. Peer pressure is also a major factor, with 40 per cent of saying they felt pressure NEW MESSAGE: Have from friends to drink more fun, but drink responsibly. than they wanted to. Will Middleton, Consular Regional Director for Spain and friends, and enjoying a said: “Going on holiday is a drink can be part of that. great opportunity to relax “Have fun in the sun, but and have fun with family drink responsibly.”


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It’s a big time battle to survive Small businesses are fighting to survive the all-inclusive packages and increasing local crime AUGUST is boom time for many hotels in the tourist hot spots, but for some small businesses allinclusive holiday deals and increasing local crime are making life very tough, as one bar owner told EWN Special Correspondent David Anderson. NICK SHORT first arrived in Mallorca in 1986 as a teenager when his parents went into a bar business. After working hard to become established on the island, Nick eventually bought a house and ran two bars himself. When business boomed he took on 16 staff on full-time contracts. But for Nick and his wife Tina, those days are gone. Now after nearly 30 years on the island, he runs just one bar - the Dolphin Cafe in Sa Coma - with one staff member. With more all-inclusive hotels springing up locally there are fewer visitors spending less

HARD WORK: Things are increasingly difficult for Nick Short and his wife Tina. money away from their accommodation. And crime is on the increase. It is the same story in many of the most popular Spanish resorts, meaning the small businesses have an increasingly big fight on their hands. “The problem will never get better until the town halls take control of the way hotels run everything,” said Nick.

“They should fix things for the long term and not just for the short. When I came here all those years ago, all the police had to do was to give out parking tickets and not much more. Now they have to be the busiest people here.” With crime increasing in some areas, Nick likened what is happening in some tourists spots to the problem of the

Caribbean where some people are afraid to walk down the road because of the risk of being mugged or worse. “In five years time if nothing is done many small businesses will be closed and the roads will empty. All the tourists will stay in their hotels because it will be unsafe to walk around,” he warned. To back up his claims, 43-

year-old Nick said that even now in Sa Coma the streets are almost empty after 11pm for fear of crime. “I know of at least seven friends who have had money and purses stolen from them in the local supermarket and in local bars.” On the all-inclusive deals Nick said: “We have had British tourists come into our bar saying they came for two weeks and brought 50 pounds (€58.50) because they are all inclusive. “That means everything is provided at the hotel... all their meals, all their drinks... so they do not venture out.” Nick’s daughter Jessica works at the new hospital in Porto Cristo as an auxiliary nurse. “We are very proud of her and the schools and national health services here are some of the best in the world. “We would never go back to UK despite all the problems. This is home now and we have loads of Spanish friends and we work hard for what we have here and the life style is far better.”

Scots helping in Osprey scheme TAKING heart from the success of the re-establishment of Ospreys in Scotland the bird, long since extinct on the Spanish mainland, is being reintroduced. And it is Scottish birds that are leading the way in the reintroduction process. Twelve young Scottish ospreys have been released on the north Spanish coast near Bilbao, as the first stage of a five-year project to restore breeding ospreys to the Basque Country. Ospreys were persecuted to extinction in Britain by the early 20th century. They slowly began to recolonise in the 1950s, and since then, ospreys have spread slowly but steadily in Scotland, where over 200 pairs now nest. Conservationists are hoping to repeat the success in Spain. Last year, the Biscay Regional Council and the Urdaibai Bird Center asked Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for permission

BASQUE COUNTRY: New home. REINTRODUCED: The ospreys were long since extinct on the Spanish mainland. for the project. SNH issued a special licence in 2013 to Roy Dennis of the Highland Foundation for Wildlife to collect 12 young ospreys from nests with more than one young in the

Scottish Highlands and Moray. Earlier this month the 12 ospreys were released in the Basque Country and are faring

‘extremely well.’ Five days after being released, one of the birds has even caught its first fish in the estuary. Once released, the young birds were able to come back to nest platforms containing a daily supply of fresh fish which they would take away and eat, as if a parent had provided the food. The birds were released at Urdaibai estuary to the north of Bilbao. This estuary is regularly used by migrating Scottish ospreys, travelling to and from

West Africa in spring and autumn. But no pair has nested there since the 1960s. It was the temporary home in spring 2008 for osprey, Logie, who was tracked by Roy Dennis using the first GPS satellite transmitter fitted to a British osprey. At that time, Aitor Galarza, who is now involved in the osprey reintroduction, found and photographed Logie. This resulted in a partnership between Scotland and the Basque country to restore breeding ospreys. This project follows the successful reintroduction of ospreys to Andalucia which involved birds from Germany, Finland and Scotland. Five Scottish chicks were flown to Malaga before being taken to a new home in Cadiz province. The first pair to breed in 2008 was a Scottish female and German male.


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New technologies driving Range Rover forward THE Range Rover Evoque makes a further leap forward with the introduction of a host of new technologies. Customers ordering vehicles from the 2014 range, to go on sale in October, will benefit from newly-available features including a new nine speed automatic transmission and new driveline technologies. Prices are yet to be confirmed. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the ZF-9HP automatic transmission is among the world’s first nine speed units fitted to a passenger car according to the manufacturer. With a wide spread of ratios and improved efficiency, the new transmission delivers improved economy, reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort, claim Range Rover. Available as an option, Active Driveline monitors vehicle dynamics and automatically reconnects fourwheel drive (within 300 milliseconds) whenever it is needed. It also features Active Torque Biasing with electronicDiff (e-Diff) technology to distribute torque between the rear wheels, optimising traction and stability. With the nine speed automatic transmission and Active Driveline

combined, fuel economy is improved by up to 11.4 per cent and CO2 emissions are reduced by as much as 9.5 per cent. For the 2014 model, the driver assistance capabilities of Evoque are enhanced by the introduction of features including Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic), Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Wade Sensing. The Evoque have available as an option Land Rover’s InControlTM Remote and InControlTM Secure. Land Rover InControlTM Remote allows owners to trigger an SOS Emergency Call in the event of an accident, whereas the Land Rover InControlTM Secure tracks the vehicle in the event of a theft using advanced tracking technology. The 2014 Evoque continues to be powered by Land Rover’s range of economical and light weight fourcylinder engines with a choice of either the 2.2 diesel 150PS engine, 2.2 diesel 190PS engine or 2.0 Petrol 240PS engine.

Fresh facelifted Elantra launched by Hyundai HYUNDAI Motor Company officially launched the facelifted Elantra in the Korean market. Aiming to further strengthen its presence in one of the world’s most competitive segments, the company brought back the new Elantra with a refreshed design and improved product features. The new Elantra will hit the Spanish market in 2014. Prices are to be confirmed. The facelifted Elantra, badged as Avante in the Korean market, features

an overall length of 4,550mm, which is 20mm longer than the previous one, while its wheelbase remains the same. The newly-designed front bumper, radiator grille, fog lamps, as well as adoption of LED light guide and projection headlamps add a dynamic, high-tech feel to the Elantra, say the manufacturers. When seen from the side, the redesigned 17inch two-tone alloy wheels and chrome moulding on its belt line accentuate the Elantra’s image.

Interior design elements were modified with the aim of improving usability, reflecting feedback from customers of the previous Elantra, say the manufacturers. The new Elantra also comes equipped with high-tech convenience features such as advanced SPAS (Smart Parking Assist System) and flex steer. In particular, a diesel version was added to its line-up to respond to the growing popularity of the diesel engine in the Korean market, Hyundai claims.


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The US Open starts in New York THE US Open Tennis tournament started at Flushing Meadows on Monday and no doubt there’ll be a few surprises in both the men’s and women’s competitions with Andy Murray hoping to retain his title. Swansea and Spurs play the second legs of their Europa League play-off games tonight (Thursday) and Chelsea meet Bayern Munich in the Super Cup tomorrow (Friday) evening, ahead of more cracking Premiership games this

MOTOGP: Won by Marc Marquez.

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weekend, including North London derby (Arsenal-Spurs) and Costa de Almería Liverpool-Manchester United. FOOTBALL - In recent Champions League quali-fiers, Arsenal beat Fenerbahce in Turkey 30 but Celtic lost 2-0 in Kazakhstan while in the Europa League, there were first leg play-off wins for Spurs 5-0 at Dinamo Tbilisi and Swansea, 5-

BULL TROPHY: Austin Crilly, Keith Turner, John and Chris Dedman met in the final.

Indalo Bowling Club play 2013 Bull League Trophy AUSTIN CRILLY and Keith Turner met John and Chris Dedman in the final of the Bull League Trophy at Indalo Bowling Club. After 10 ends the match was all square at 8-8, Austin and Keith won the next three ends to lead 14-8. On the 17th end John and Chris scored four making the score 17-15 with John

and Chris just needing three to win. Austin and Keith were holding two and with John Dedman’s last two woods he just missed trailing the jack back to woods waiting to take a possible four shots to give them a win. Austin and Keith breathed a sigh of relief when he missed and the final score ended up 19-15.

1 over Astra Ploiesti 5-1. This was NOT Spurs’ biggest away win in Europe - they beat Drogheda (Ireland) 6-0 in the UEFA Cup in 1983. Nor was it Swansea’s best home win, they walloped Sliema Wanderers (Malta) 12-0 in the old European Cup Winners Cup 30 years ago. The return legs of these four games were scheduled for this week. Last weekend’s ‘League’ action saw away wins for Arsenal at Fulham, Liverpool at Villa but surprise, surprise, Manchester City lost at Cardiff, while Spurs beat Swansea and champions Manchester United drew 0-0 against Chelsea on Monday. Nottingham Forest (Championship), Leyton Orient (FL1), Oxford (FL2), Inverness Caledonian Thistle (SPL), Hamilton (SLC), Rangers (SL1) and East Stirling (SL2) all top their respective divisions. * The transfer deadline ends this weekend and at the time of going to print, Gareth Bale was set to leave Spurs for Real Madrid for a world record fee of £86m (€100.8m). I expect 200+ deals to take place over the next 72 hours. * Gareth Southgate has been named as England’s U21 coach. CRICKET - After a brilliant last day when England (377 and 206-5) were set 227 to win, the rain-affected fifth and final Test against Australia (492-6 dec. and 111-6 dec.) ended in a draw. Shane Watson (176) and Steve Smith (138) scored centuries for the tourists while England quickie James Anderson has moved ahead of Bob Willis in the wicket-takers list with 330. Sir Ian Botham (383) is England’s top man. Brad Haddin, the Aussies wicketkeeper claimed a world record 29 dismissals in the series. RUGBY - A Wembley crowd of 78,213 saw Wigan beat Hull 16-0 in the 2013 Rugby League Challenge Cup final. Elsewhere, the Australians continue to struggle in the sporting world; they crashed 27-16 to New Zealand in a Rugby Union international. MOTOR SPORT - Last Sunday’s Belgium Grand Prix at Spa was won by Sebastian Vettel. The next race is at Monza, Italy on September 8. The Czech Republic MotoGP was won by Spanish teenage sensation, Marc Marquez.

Long trip worth it for 19th THE 19th Hole Golf Society made the one hour journey up the A7 to Hacienda del Alamo Golf Course. This was their first visit to the course for a couple of years, and they found it in excellent condition. There was tight competition in this Individual Singles competition. Alan Chippendale secured third place from Mark Danson with Nigel Greenwood coming out on top with 35 points. Christine Dow was again the leading lady with 21 points. Nearest the pins were Roger Kaye and Mark Danson. More information: 610 340 653 or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co. uk.

Almeria, bring on Elche! ALMERIA will be hoping to get their first win of the season tomorrow (Friday), kick off 11pm. They host fellow promoted team Elche in a game which could be vital for Primera Liga survival, even this early in the season. Both clubs have so far earned a point in the league. Hopefully Almeria’s early season nerves will have settled after getting a 2-2 draw away to Getafe.


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A charity golf event WHILE Valle del Este GS had a good turnout of members and visitors, fatigue and the heat took its toll over the finishing few holes. Alan Townsend, Paul Sedge, Byran Brown and Pepe Postigo won Tuesday’s team game. Friday, saw Charlie Clarke (34) win. In second was Phil Moore (34) and third Byran Brown (33). There will be a charity day on the Sept 21 in aid of Asprodalba. Anyone wishing to enter a team of four for a Texas scramble should call Alan Townsend on 634 379 887.

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A new league starts THE Third Division has now begun and a tricky trip to UCAM Murcia waited for a new Coach at HuercalOvera Club de Futbol. ‘Manu’ has brought in some new faces to the club this year to help and provide some new attacking options. Within five minutes the home team were in front, Carrasco slotting home an effort from a weakly defended cross from the right. Huercal-Overa didn’t crumble, and came close in the 21st minute when Campanas met a cross in from the right and smashed it into the netting. Huercal-Overa came out fighting in the second half and in the 49th

NEW SEASON STARTS: It begins with a tricky trip to UCAM Murcia. minute the away side won a corner from which Finidi scored. Juanjo in goal for Huercal-Overa was helpless in the 89th minute to

stop a shot from 20 yards by Kiki which nestled in the bottom left hand corner. The game ended 2-1.

It’s all about teams… IT was all about teams at Cortijo Grande as they had a week of team competitions. Winners of the Wednesday competition were Barbara Wardley, Lilly Pepper and Andy Culshaw (75 points). In second with 72 were Mike

Picken, Sheila Picken and John Wardley. In third with 66 John Park, Patricia Holt and Stephen Picken. Sunday and again a team event with best three scores to count. Winners were Mike Picken, Greg Ward, David Hardy

and John Wardley with 127 points. In second were Patricia Holt, Sheila Picken, Carol Hardy, Lily Pepper and Barbara Wardley. More information about playing Cortijo Grande: Patricia Holt 950 475 509.

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Badgers visit Macenas BADGERS GOLF SOCIETY visited Playa Macenas for their weekly competition. Winner for the day was Mick Weston with 38 points, with Richard Jones coming in second with 35 points. Nearest the pins went to Andy Kaye and Richard Jones (twice). There were only three twos on the day, these going to Tony Rowbottom, Phil Gould and Lynn Sefton. Forthcoming Fixtures are: Thursday, September 5 away day to La Envia, Wednesday, September 11 Valle de Este. Badgers Golf Society plays every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Call 950 478 525. Fixtures on badgersmojacar.com.


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