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Inundated within minutes ALMOST 41 litres per square metre of rain fell in just over half an hour in Calvia this week, causing flooding.

New cards THE new regional health card with a chip and photo will be available at health centres from Monday.

Bar rules STALLS selling alcohol during festivities in Valdemossa will have to be placed at least 25 metres away from bars, according to a new motion passed by the town council.

Strike looms THE Balearic Islands trades union (STEI) has announced that the strike in partly statefunded schools in Mallorca initially planned to take place from September 16 to 20 will be extended until September 30.

Frenchman quizzed over €1.4m jewellery heist A MAN, 40, has been questioned by police in Manacor about his alleged involvement in three major jewellery heists in Cannes, France. In one of them, €1.4 million worth of jewels were taken. The French citizen, of Algerian origin, was arrested by Guardia Civil officers in Cala Rajada in late June, charged with committing several robberies at hotels in the

area. He is accused of stealing €600,000 worth of jewellery and cash. He allegedly broke into 25 safes and was caught by a member of staff at one of the hotels. He resisted capture with violence and threatened witnesses with a knife, and was caught when attempting to flush €6,000 worth of banknotes down a toilet. He was also carrying €50,000 worth of

jewellery at the time. He has been remanded in custody. A judicial committee from France travelled to Manacor to question him about three heists which took place during the Cannes Film Festival in May. He refused to talk to them and was taken back to prison on the Soller road. The French police believe he is part of an international gang.

During one of the robberies, the culprit entered the hotel room of the representative of jewellery company Chopard and stole items worth €1.4 million, which were due to be worn by actresses on the red carpet. Security images show the thief exiting the hotel with a suitcase. Another robbery was committed at the same hotel and at a mansion in Cannes.


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Letters 21 PROTEST: Sa Pobla has joined other towns in Mallorca to stop evictions.

Sa Pobla is now a ‘no eviction’ town

SA POBLA is from this week an evictionfree town, but not without controversy. All the political parties represented on the council passed a motion at the last council meeting to declare the town a place free of evictions. Sa Pobla joins other towns that passed similar motions earlier this summer including Palma and Satanayi. Even though the council cannot legally forbid evictions, the recently passed motion

allows people at risk of being evicted to postpone the event. Other measures include the nonparticipation of Local Police in evictions, social assistance services and the set-up of a mediation service between banks and those affected. However, despite the good intentions shown by the political parties during the council meeting, many of them have criticised the ruling team’s proceedings.

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Illegal gardening NATIONAL police arrested two people in Manacor after finding 23 marihuana plants in Cami de Sa Marineta.

Stuck on tracks A CAR was trapped on the train lines in Soller on Tuesday after attempting an illegal manoeuvre which crossed the tracks on Eusebi Estada street.

Cleaner seas THE 23 cleaning vessels (Abaqua) removed 33,433 kilos of rubbish from the seas off Mallorca’s beaches in June, July and August.

Tree planting THIS weekend in Arta sees the second leg of a campaign organised by La Caixa and the Conservation Department to reforest zones on the island that may be in danger of desertification.

Tourist dies A 23-YEAR-OLD tourist has died in a hotel in Magaluf for unknown reasons. The victim was found unconscious with his nose and left ear bleeding. Members of the mobile intensive care unit could not revive him.

Better track THE Son Pardo horse race track will undergo refurbishment with an investment of €100,000 to improve its condition.

Fishing season AUGUST saw 35,000 kilos of dolphin fish caught off Mallorca, a figure that is the prelude to an ‘extraordinary’ fishing season, according to Environment Councillor Biel Company.

False stars in their eyes! LOCALS hoping to catch a glimpse of action movie star Chuck Norris were left disappointed. It turned out the man staying at the La Villa Hotel was not the star of movies like The Delta Force and Way of the Dragon but a body double in Mallorca to film an advert. But that did not stop locals from gathering around the hotel

as the rumour spread that the genuine Chuck, who first hit fame as a martial arts specialist, was in town. Many reportedly rushed forward in search of autographs when they spotted the double before finally realising they had the wrong man. Social media networks were said to have gone wild at the news that Chuck Norris was in

town. But that, it would appear was nothing more then a clever marketing ploy devised by Sebastian Wadynski, head of the German Impulse Agency. The agency is reported to have years of specialist experience in finding look-alikes of famous celebrities either to distract the press or, as in this case, for the filming of advertisements.

Rice attraction! Iconic paellas will draw the festival crowds

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PANIARDS are so proud of their nationally grown rice they hold a whole festival to honour it. The Sueca Fiesta de Arroz, or Rice Festival, is one of the biggest events in Valencia. There will be fireworks, live entertainment, dancing and parades, but star of the show will be the iconic paella. Like the visitors, of which there will be thousands, the ingredients for the many paellas that will be cooked at Sunday’s 53rd International Paella Competition, come from all over the world. With just one special exception. The rice must be grown in the Valencian region of La Albufera. It is a serious business with a first prize of €2,500 and strict controls on ingredients enshrined in competition rules. Since the 18th century the main rice-growing area has been a freshwater lagoon and estuary on the Gulf of Valencia coast covering 52,000 acres in the Albufera Natural Park. Sueca is known as the ‘rice city’ of Spain and September is

dedicated to the grain, which is the base of the local economy. The town, population 30,000, is in the north of the Costa Blanca and as part of its Rice Festival organises talks, workshops, tastings and art exhibitions dedicated to the product.

SERIOUS BUSINESS: First prize in the International Paella Competition is €2,500.

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THE 21st century is when Cataluña will recover its complete freedom’

Artur Mas, the President of the Catalan Regional Government at the inauguration of the ‘Born Cultural Centre’ in Barcelona, while encouraging Catalan people to take part in a freedom walk.

Number of the week hours overtime were 38.72 million worked by Spanish employees

and registered with the Ministry of Employment and Social Security in 2012. This is 11.5 per cent fewer than in 2011, according to a study by employment agency Randstad.

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A 20-YEAR-OLD bouncer from Magaluf was assaulted by a group of five British tourists after he reprimanded one of them for urinating in the street.

Record figures THE Palma de Mallorca Airport has broken its previous record with more than 3.5 million travellers passing through in August. That is a 1.6 per cent increase compared to 2012.

More surgery SURGICAL interventions in public hospitals of the Balearic Islands registered an increase of 16 per cent during the summer months in relation to the previous year.

Pay up! A COURT has ordered the Palma Public Water and Sewer company to pay two workers the sums of €4,500 and €9,000 for violating their right to dignity after changing their working conditions.

Police mentors HIGH SCHOOLS in Mallorca this year will count on the help of police mentors to help solve problems between students inside and outside the classroom.

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No parking for hotel A LOCAL lawyer in the district of Sant Agusti, Palma has reported the Belvedere Hotel for using public land for private parking. The attorney has asked the town hall to reclaim the land.

Bad repair WORK to repair a gas line in a home on General Riera street in Palma caused the main pipe to rupture in the neighbouring building.

Bus crash TEN passengers were injured on Tuesday when a municipal bus collided with a car on Arago street in Palma.

The artisan treasures of Tutankhamun

FUNDACION SOPHIA in Palma de Mallorca is currently hosting ‘The Treasures of Tutankhamun.’ It is an exhibition of artisan reproductions of the treasures found in the funerary chamber of the boy Pharaoh, crafted by cultural volunteers at the Fine Arts Workshop. The exhibition will stand until September 27, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm at Calle Jaime Ferrer 3 (next to The Lonja), in Palma. Entrance is €3 and children under 10 go free. The tour begins with a replica of the chamber of the most famous Pharaoh in ancient Egypt, and its discovery in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, by English explorer; Howard Carter.

TREASURES: The exhibition replicates the most famous chamber. Visitors can then admire a life-size statue of one of the guards who protected the sealed door of Tutankhamun’s funerary chamber. They can also see a carefully selected collection of reproductions of Tutankhamun’s funerary

treasures, which include furniture, jewellery, amulets and ceremonial artefacts which were found intact in the tomb. Later the didactic exhibition includes information panels with the chronology of the dynasties

of the Pharaohs who reigned in Egypt, and also the discovery of the tomb. For more information please contact Sergio G. Garcia on 692 316 180 or you can email fundacion@fundacion sophia.com.

Cyclist killed in crash A 42-YEAR-OLD Australian cyclist was killed on Monday night in Palma. He was involved in a head on collision with a motorbike and suffered severe injuries, according to the emergency services in Mallorca. The accident took place at 9.40pm when for unknown reasons the motorbike and cyclist crashed into each other on Can Pastilla street.

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Government funding is down SPAIN’S central government plans to reduce funding to the Balearic Islands by 2.11 per cent, or €42 million. That means the Balearic Government will receive €1,942 billion from Madrid for 2014 as opposed to the €1,984 billion it received this year. The reduced funding reportedly comes as a result of Palma owing the central government money from the years 2008 and 2009. The central government has also stated that tax and IVA revenue is expected to fall in the Balearic Islands next year and therefore Madrid’s Finance Minister, Cristobal Montoro is calling in outstanding debts to cushion the lack of tax income for 2014.

Angel dust bust A 25-YEAR-OLD British man has been arrested and held on remand in prison in Magaluf for drugs offences. Police seized half a kilo of angel dust, a highly dangerous and hallucinogenic drug, from the man’s home in Jaume I de Santa Ponça. As part of a larger operation, the Guardia Civil of Palmanova were monitoring the activities of the man in question for suspected drug dealing in the bars and clubs of Punta Ballena. He was originally arrested in Punta Ballena and was found to be carrying both angel dust and cocaine. Police later issued a warrant to search the premises of his home. They found several illegal substances during their search, which included ecstasy and hashish.


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Diesel theft A MAN, 25, was arrested for stealing 300 litres of diesel which was stored in a tank to supply machinery on a farm in Llucmajor.

Hurt in crash ONE person was injured in a collision between two lorries and a van on the MA-13 road in Inca, heading towards Palma, which caused long tailbacks.

Bogus gasmen FIVE people have been arrested in Palma for robbing elderly people after entering their homes pretending to be gas or electricity inspectors.

ON PATROL: Officers police the promenade.

New ‘looky-looky’ men cause problems PALMA Local Police have identified a group of between 15 and 25 ‘looky-looky’ men who have been reportedly causing problems in the Platja de Palma area. They report that they are a group of Senegalese citizens who have recently arrived from Torrevieja in Alicante. Some of them, the police said, have made themselves the ‘leaders’ of the group and incite the others to confront the police. Due to this, Local and National Police have increased their presence in the area

and carried out joint operations to control the situation. According to the mayor of Palma, Mateu Isern, there are more than 2,000 ‘lookylooky’ men in the area. Many of them are legal residents in Spain, but every time goods are seized from them, they hand over their Senegalese ID so that the city hall has trouble fining them. In the latest operation, 18 were arrested, 58 were identified and reported, and a large number of goods seized.

GERMAN businessman Rainer Volker, 65, and his wife had €100,000 from the sale of a business in their home two days before they were attacked. Their apartment in sa Coma was broken into and the businessman choked to death on a towel which the intruders put in his mouth. Guardia Civil believe the intruders thought the cash from the sale of a restaurant in Cala Millor was in their home, and are questioning people close to the couple and those who

Gay tourists bring in the money GAY tourists alone are generating €1.1 billion worth of business in the Balearic Islands. Specialist reservation

Protesters could face prison FORTY-SIX youths who have been charged for protesting in the regional Education Department in May 2012 are facing up to six months in prison. The Balearic Regional

Government is asking for between four and six months in prison for disturbing the peace for each of the people who entered the Department of Education, Culture and Universities on

knew of the sale. The victim’s wife, 76, told police they received a cheque for the sale which they paid into their son’s bank account in Germany two days before. The intruders wore black clothes, motorbike helmets and gloves, and entered the house at 7am, where they bound and gagged the couple, before brutally beating them for almost two hours. They were found 15 hours later when a neighbour alerted the Local Police.

May 22, 2012. Spokespersons for the group have said that they could also face fines and are asking for people to support them and demand that they be acquitted.

portals expogays.com and reservasgays.com, report the islands receive 800,000 Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual and Bisexual tourists every year, and the figure is still rising. There are now 246 gay-friendly places of accommodation and 158 companies including rent-acar companies, restaurants, shops and other businesses. The average profile of gay visitors to the islands is between 30 and 55, living in urban areas and with a medium-high cultural level.


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10 released with drugs charges TEN people who were arrested for drug trafficking in Inca have since been released with charges. Guardia Civil seized 100 kilos of marihuana and other drugs. They report that the gang sold drugs to consumers in the es Raiguer region, mainly in Inca and s’Arenal, although they also operated in Palma, Llucmajor, Costitx and Sant Joan. The organisation was allegedly run by two Moroccans who managed a bar in Inca and were reportedly making large amounts of money from drug sales. The lawyers of seven of the accused claim that they were kept in custody longer than the 72 hours allowed by law. The Guardia Civil maintain that this is not true. Further arrests are expected.

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Forged paintings seized TWO people have been charged in Palma for selling forged Picasso and Miro painting. Twenty-one paintings which

were being sold signatures of artists Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Stael, Jean Dubuffet

with the like Miró, Nicolas De and Giorgi

Morandi, were seized from a pawn shop in Calle Blanquerna by National Police. The officers became suspicious when they saw where and how they were being stored, which was not normal for paintings which, if authentic, would have had such a which became the basis high market value. of the legal system. The Miró and Picasso In 1997, the Mallorca paintings have proved to Council declared be forgeries and the rest September 12 as a day are still being tested. of festivity in Mallorca, to The owner of the commemorate and pay paintings, 51, and the homage to the events owner of the shop, 39, which created the were both questioned character of Mallorca and and charged. its people.

Historic Mallorca Day TODAY (Thursday) is the Diada de Mallorca (Mallorca Day). This day commemorates the moment when King Jaime II swore the Letter of Frankness and Privileges of the Kingdom of Mallorca in 1276.

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A FATHER and his elder daughter have been arrested in Manacor for allegedly forcing a younger daughter into prostitution. Officers of Manacor Local Police found the victim hidden in a neighbour’s

house after she had an argument with her family. There she told the officers she had been forced into prostitution by her father and sister, aged 40 and 20. According to police, the

victim’s father was made an offer in May 2012 to travel with his daughter and engage her into prostitution. Since then, he and his elder daughter threatened and forced the victim into

selling her body in order to contribute to the household economy, police added. The two arrested have been brought before a court charged with illtreatment and forcing someone into prostitution.

Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Calvia THE 23rd edition of the Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning will take place worldwide on September 27. This charity event to help the fight

against cancer is now coming to Calvia thanks to Margie and Ian Scambler, long time residents of the island. The event will be held at

Foundation Amadipesment from 10am to 12pm. Contact Ian and Margie on 629 985 972 or Julia Church-Michael on 686 387 730.

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Franz Ferdinand. A NOTICEABLY different crowd rocked up to rock out to Franz Ferdinand on Tuesday night. The band, which has a strong Spanish following attracted plenty of resident fans. The band’s

Spanish TV debut concert was at the Arena in 2010 in Palma. Given the reaction and response they got this time from the audience locals are hoping for another return visit.


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American style street party in Sa Feixina THE American-style Diner restaurant is celebrating its 10th birthday on Saturday, and to mark the occasion they’re hosting an all-American outdoor event. The event will be held in Sa Feixina de Palma with help from the island’s Restaurant Association and will begin at 11am and continue until midnight. The event will feature various activities including games for children, a hot dog eating competition, a mechanical bull contest and pin-up girl and iconic American costume show. From 6pm onward, the event will host a music festival with Jazz and Blues performances from Sinuata Malla, the best of American music from MonkeyMan DJ and Rock and Roll from The Claps. Organisers say there will also be a classic motorbike exhibition with food and drink available all day and the Diner will also be giving away a trip for two people to the United States. For more information call Heather Davis on 971 73 62 22 email verbenamericana@gmai l.com, visit Twitter @DinerPalma #fiestadiner, or Facebook www.facebook.com/ Diner

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A fashion show for cancer care THE Calanova Cancer Care Charity Shop Fashion Show saw more than 350 people attend the event. Organisers say the event was a huge success. They added that the Santa Posa Country Club put on an amazing event in beautiful surroundings with excellent service. The event consisted of live music, food and drink, and the fashion FIREWORK DISPLAY: Organised and show itself funded by the country club. which showcased beautiful The Calanova team clothes and models and would like to thank ended with three everyone who attended women suffering from and took part in the cancer taking to the event and would like to catwalk. say a special thank you The event as a whole to the Councillor of ended with a stunning Calvia Town Hall, Angie firework display, Guerrero who gave a organised and funded by heartwarming speech on the country club the night. itself. Organisers said the Organisers say that raffle draw will be held they were able to get at the end of the month nearly everyone seated and tickets are still on on the front line for the sale. events, and all in all the More information: night was a resounding call Angela on success. 609 848 622 or email The total amount info@calanovacancer.com raised for cancer Alternatively visit the charities in the Balearics website is yet to be confirmed but charity officials say www.calanovacancer.com or the charity Facebook; they are hoping to have Cala Nova Cancer Care raised more than last Charity. year.

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Arrests made TWO Nigerian prostitutes were arrested in Magaluf after they were caught allegedly stealing a mobile phone from a tourist.

Knife threat A MAN was arrested in Manacor for allegedly threatening a teenager with a knife because he said he was making too much noise.

Googling photo business ON September 19 Mallorca will see the launch of Google Business Photos by the official providers of the product, Storm Studios, at Mood Beach Bar and Restaurant in Costa D’en Blanes, in Calvia. “This new product is available to all businesses in Mallorca. It will be a brilliant opportunity for them to get ahead of their competitors and it will help the public to learn more about any business they select by

seeing through the digital doors,” said Shrab Sahota, Programme Director from Storm Studios. “I am very proud to be a part of this new business programme.” Google Business View uses the same technology as Google Street View which was launched in 2005 and used to show the exteriors of buildings. The difference is you can now walk off Google Street View and straight through the front door

GOOGLE BUSINESS PHOTOS: Launched by the official providers of the product. of any business and take a ‘virtual’ look around at your leisure,

24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To reserve your place

A ray of sunshine comes to Mallorca By Jane Connelly IT had been almost 20 years since Cirque du Soleil and I last crossed paths so I was very keen to see them when they visited Palma Arena. I first saw them back in the 90s when they toured from their Québec base to the Royal Albert Hall in London. They were enchanting, performing circus skills, clowning acts, and acrobatic stunts with such verve that they literally took my breath away. The company had started in the 80s as street theatre and has subsequently developed into an enormous touring circus machine with more than 5,000

employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Mallorca was lucky enough to have a visit from the Alegria troupe. They didn’t disappoint. My personal favourites were the clowns who wove a sweet and funny story throughout the CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: Enchanting. evening, punctuating the end of show in Palma, but residents Mallorca should stopping performances of from the acrobats and remember that there are sending them up as well. two fabulous shows on Alegria is on a the island that need European tour, it will their support as well, reach Valencia in Son Amar, and Pirates November, and Adventure: they are Santander and Madrid in teeming with humour, December 2013. There style and talent as well. Make sure you support was a great turnout for the week long residency them.

at the event contact: mallorca@stormstudios.co.uk.

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Stars attracted MALLORCA continues to be the holiday destination of choice for many of the UK’s most talented. Last week saw a visit from Marcus Collins from the X Factor, Brad Jones, Liverpool goalie and his long term partner Dani Lawrence. The group (pictured above) spent the week enjoying the island’s beauty spots and restaurants including Mood Beach in Costa D’en Blanes, and Son Amar, Europe’s most popular dinner show.


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Prices up HOUSE prices in Britain are 5.4 per cent higher then a year ago, latest figures from the Halifax bank show. The average price of a home in the UK is now £170,231 (€202,300).

Vole alert BRITAIN’S native water-vole is being

wiped out by American mink which became established after escaping from fur farms. The Environment Agency reports populations have dropped a fifth in the last few years.

Penalty pointless A WOMAN from Isleworth, West London still has her driving licence despite accumulating 42 penalty points for not revealing the driver’s identity, according to

Church decline IN 20 years, less than 50 per cent of the people living in Germany will belong to the Christian church. Currently there are 60 per cent, namely 23 million protestants and 24 million Catholics. Each year the number falls by 500,000, mainly due to deaths.

URINE: Not healthy.

Puma pee SWOLLEN eyes, fever, and itchy

an analysis of DVLA figures by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Cancer theft A MAN has been jailed for five years by Nottingham Crown Court after stealing from children’s cancer charities, including his own son’s. Kevin Wright, 49, stole a total of £171,500 (€204,000) from the Bobby Wright Cancer Fighting Fund.

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rash. That is the result for a girl, aged 9, after a zoo visit in Berlin where she was urinated on by a Puma. Zoologists are now investigating how dangerous Puma urine is.

Good business GERMANY has jumped to fourth place in global competitive rankings and is only behind Switzerland, Singapore and Finland as a good place to do business, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global

Competitiveness Report 20132014.

High speed VISITORS had the chance to see the fastest electric vehicle in the world at the IFA 2013Consumer electronics unlimited in Berlin. It has a top speed of 328 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 200 km/h in less than 10 seconds.

Child abuse A BERLIN police officer, aged 52, was suspended from duty for

MOSCOW authorities are considering putting about 100 prayer grounds in parks in order to solve a shortage of mosques in the city.

Skirt story A MAN, aged 32, was arrested in Vologda (north west Russia) wearing a short skirt and no underwear. He allegedly told police his clothes were being washed so he wore his sister’s.

Writing history CONTROVERSIAL events from the Soviet period in Russia will have a standardised explanation in school textbooks following a series of agreements reached by historians from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Airport food AIRPORT food and beverage provider Autogrill will set up a subsidiary company

Internet sell RUSSIAN internet firm Mail.ru sold its shares in social network group Facebook for $525 million (€400 million). It paid $200 million (€152 million) for the shares in 2009.

US warning

AUGUST saw new car sales grow by 10.9 per cent to 65,937 compared to a year ago.

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Stories making headlines from Russia

at St Petersburg airport in cooperation with Russian companies Novikov Group and Ginza Project.

Sales surge

A WAR hero who doubled for Sean Connery in the famous autogyro flight scenes in Bond movie You Only Live Twice allegedly abusing two children and has died. Wing a teenager. Commander Ken Wallis, 97, completed 24 RAF missions over Europe in WW2. GYNAECOLOGIST Dr Joachim K., aged 58, from Schifferstadt was denounced for secretly taking 36,146 pictures and 62 videos of HEARTBROKEN private parts of his patients. Kelly Caird has appealed for the return of a gold pendant containing GERMANY’S trade surplus has the ashes of her twonarrowed in July due to an year-old son. It was unexpected drop in exports, data stolen in a burglary at from the country’s federal statistics her Leighton Buzzard, office shows. German exports fell Bedfordshire home. by 1.1 per cent in July compared Her son, Daniel, died to the preceding month while in 2009 after an imports were up 0.5 per cent. accident.

RUSSIAN PRESS Praise be!

RISING: House prices.

Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Morocco visit DENMARK - Princess Mary of Denmark, representing a foundation set up in her name, made a three-day visit to Morocco to visit a women’s centre that supports victims of gender violence.

Royal baby SWEDEN - Princess Madeleine of Sweden is expecting her first child, the Swedish Royal Court said. The baby is expected in March 2014. Princess Madeleine married American entrepreneur Christopher O’Neill last June in Stockholm.

THE Russian Foreign Ministry asked travellers to be careful when choosing their destinations after an increase of detentions of Russian people abroad upon request of US law enforcers.

PRINCESS MADELEINE: First baby.

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A NEW law proposed in Russia would deprive gay parents from their rights and make sexual orientation a factor for the government to take a child into custody.

DENMARK - German company Siemens has supplied 111 turbines to the biggest wind farm in Denmark. These turbines will provide energy to

400,000 Danish homes, or 4 per cent of the energy demand of the country.

Acid cleared NORWAY - A study carried out by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on more than 130,000 people has found that there are no significant links between the use of LSD and mental health issues.

Political concern SWEDEN - Swedish political leaders have expressed their concern following reports that a Swedish intelligence agency participated in controversial American National Security Agency surveillance operations.

Investments up NORWAY - Norwegian petroleum and gas investments will increase next year despite a growth rate deceleration, said statistics agency Statistics Norway.


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Alleged arson

Abuser jailed

A 50-YEAR-OLD woman was detained in Elda after allegedly setting fire to her daughter’s car. She had allegedly previously attempted to burn her own home in Petrel.

A TORREVIEJA judge has imprisoned a man, aged 58, for sexually abusing a 47 year-old woman with intellectual disabilities.

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A FEMALE King Cobra at Terra Natura Benidorm has produced young. King cobras are the world’s largest venomous snakes and reproduction is difficult experts say.

Fire charges SIXTEEN people were detained for starting forest fires in the Valencian Community this year. Six arrests were made in Alicante province, four in Valencia and five in Castellon.

Longer stays BENIDORM hotels had more than 1 million bed-nights in July for the third month running. This puts it behind only Barcelona, Calvia (Mallorca) and Madrid for overnight stays.

Flying high ALICANTE airport has won back 600,000 of the 1 million passengers lost in 2012. The airport predicts the fight back from recession will continue this winter.

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Failed! INSPECTORS failed 34,637 of the 137,854 vehicles examined for their ITV road worthiness certificates in Almeria province in the first six months of the year.

KEIRA: The five year old has been making great progress.

Keira needs help By Dilip Kuner THE mother of a girl with cerebral palsy faces a race against time to raise funds for urgent therapy after a disappointing turnout at a fundraising event. Five-year-old Keira, who lives in Finestrat, has been making great progress in a bid to lead as normal a life as possible since starting therapy sessions, which are not available on the Spanish NHS. But she needs €2,500 to help pay for the next tranche of intensive therapy due to start on November 4. Her mother, British-born Debbie, said of Keira: “She has come a long way. People cannot believe how much better she is. That is the thing about the therapy, it really does work. It is not as if we just want to try something in case it might work, it really is making a difference.” Keira had an operation on her legs on May 14, and Debbie had planned the therapy sessions for November as it will be six months into her recovery and the optimum time for the ongoing treatment. She had been pinning her hopes on a fundraising event organised by Finestrat Council, with funds to be shared with Emaus. Contact the family on esplangish@hotmail.com.

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Trade blooms ALMERIA companies sold €17 million worth of flowers and plants in the first six months of the year.

Fruity figures IN the first six months of 2013 Almeria exported 30.2 million kilos of oranges, mandarins and lemons, a 4.6 per cent increase on 2012.

Tollywood A TEAM of 50 people, including producers, actors, dancers and chefs visited the Almeria area for Tollywood movie filming. Scenes for ‘Ramaya Vasthawya’ were filmed at the Pantano de Beninar in Berja. Tollywood is the name given to the southern Indian city of Hyderabad’s film industry.

Cannibal screened THE latest film of Almerian director Manual Martin Cuenca has premiered at the International Film Festival of Toronto. Called ‘Cannibal’ it features Antonio de la Torre and Olimpia Melinte and was presented in the ‘Special Presentations’ part of the festival.

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Nerja on TV NERJA will once again be the set for a TV show. Two recording teams from the Swedish Sveriges Utbildningsradio and the Uruguayan Canal 12 TV channels will film in Nerja at the end of the month.

Lucky winners A NATIONAL Organisation of Spanish blind people (ONCE) draw saw a prize of €150,000 won in VelezMalaga, and a total of €950,000 in Andalucia.

Hiker saved A HIKER trapped in the Chillar river in Nerja due to heavy rains and with an injury to her knee was rescued by members of Civil Protection.

Brawlers arrested EIGHT people belonging to the same family have been arrested in VelezMalaga for their implication in a fight in which two other people were injured. A case of gender abuse allegedly started the brawl.

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Phone photos THE second World Conference of Mobile Photography starts in Torrevieja tomorrow in the Municipal Theatre. It is

NINETY per cent of tourists visiting the Valencia region this summer say they would come back, according to the results of more than 3,000 questionnaires collected by tourism offices.

Death fall A BRITISH man has died after falling from a hotel balcony in Benidorm. The 34 year-old is believed to have arrived from the UK with friends to celebrate a stag party.

Waste land A TOXICOLOGIST who analysed the illegal burial of 400,000 tonnes of waste on farms in La Murada, has said the unofficial tip poses a risk to people and the environment.

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Assault revenge A MAN, 26, was arrested in Malaga for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, 29. Her partner, 35, was also arrested for beating the attacker unconscious.

Run aways TWO youths who had run away from a centre for minors in Malaga were located by police and arrested for allegedly stealing mobile phones.

Chinese attack FOUR people were arrested in Malaga for allegedly attacking the owner of a Chinese bazaar. The victim’s husband was also arrested for responding by hitting them with a stick.

Family violence A MAN, 30 was arrested in Malaga for allegedly attacking his partner and throwing their three-month-old baby against a sofa, in front of their other child, two.

Birds shock ENVIRONMENTALISTS in the Ronda area have complained that birds are being electrocuted by uninsulated cables.


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Stat of week AUGUST unemployment figures fell for the first time since 2000. The total number of registered jobless was 31 lower than in July and now stands at 4,698,783.

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situation, which at 53.4 was six points higher than in July. Future prospects, awarded 83.7 points, were 4.5 points better than in July although optimism regarding the economy and employment does not consistently extend to family finances. The ICC is still well below the 100 points that denote a favourable and optimistic outlook, said the CIS. Twenty-three per cent of those questioned had to borrow or dip into Pescanova shares through savings to get to the Sodesco, Inverpesca and end of the month. Sociedad Gallega de A further 43.7 per Importacion de Carbones cent ‘just managed’ between December 2012 to make their money and February 27 this year. go round each month, On March 2, Pescanova they said. advised the CNMV, Spain’s Forty-four per cent Stock Market regulatory of families whose body, that it was not finances are worse presenting 2012 accounts. than six months ago Shares plummeted from blamed inflation. €17.60 to to €5.90, by which A further 21.44 per time Fernandez de Sousa had cent ascribed their earned €27.4 million and Paz- lack of cash to being Andrade €5.8 million. out of work or on Fernandez de Sousa is the verge of losing appealing against what he their jobs, and 31 calls the ‘unjustified and per cent to reduced premature’ bond. earnings.

€1.2bn bail for Pescanova 10 TEN Pescanova executives investigated for insider trading must pay a total of €1.2 billion in caution bonds. The company is technically bankrupt with a net €3.281 billion debt. Fernandez de Sousa who headed the company for 37 years, must put up €180 million, ordered the High Court. Board member Alfonso Paz-Andrade has to find €125 million with the remainder of the €1.2 billion split amongst other executives and Pescanova companies. Fernandez de Sousa and others allegedly offloaded

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SPAIN’s Vips fast-food chain has sold 49 per cent of its Starbucks Coffee España holding. Selling back part of the stake to Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) “reinforces financial stability and accelerates transformation plans,” claimed Vips CEO Enrique Francia. The transaction will not influence Starbucks’ dayto-day operations in Spain, as Vips retains a 51 per cent holding in the firm. Neither will it affect Starbucks Portugal, which remains in the hands of the Spanish group. The Vips-Starbucks association commenced in 2001 and there are now 82 coffee shops in Spain.

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Confidence is creeping back CONSUMER confidence is growing. August’s Consumer Confidence Index (ICC) of 68.6 (out of a possible 100) was 5.3 points higher than July’s, according to the official Centre for Sociological Investigation (CIS). The increase was attributed to a more favourable view of the current

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HAPPIER: Consumer confidence rising.

A ROMAN era gold mine in Asturias could be reopened after analysis of nectar from bees proved contamination by heavy metals was minimal.


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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 1.20 0.32 0.00 0.00 -16.00 -0.99 -2.00 -0.19 10.50 0.66 -1.50 -0.17 15.00 1.68 -36.00 -1.94 -19.00 -0.61 2.80 0.72 -5.00 -0.43 -3.70 -0.83 1.42 0.48 -57.00 -4.45 13.50 0.70 -0.78 -0.18 38.00 1.16 2.50 0.45

NET VOLUME 267.54 34.28 33.88 19.61 255.43 109.28 1,566.62 258.27 134.91 539.79 11.88 505.14 1,677.40 2,148.72 577.91 1,023.99 321.85 349.72

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PRICE(P) C O M PA N Y Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 371.70 Admiral Group PLC 1259.00 Aggreko PLC 1596.00 AMEC PLC 1049.00 Anglo American PLC 1592.00 Antofagasta PLC 896.50 ARM Holdings PLC 906.25 Associated British Foods 1815.50 AstraZeneca PLC 3098.50 Aviva PLC 393.75 Babcock Intrntnl Group... 1155.00 BAE Systems PLC 444.10 Barclays PLC 298.48 BG Group PLC 1224.75 BHP Billiton PLC 1934.00 BP PLC 444.67 British Amrcn Tobacco 3326.75 British Land Co PLC 552.00

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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 115.04 7.92 73.35 33.41 14.36 106.07 83.39 121.21 23.55 57.11 87.25 23.16 22.42 72.70 22.67 183.03 87.16 52.56 96.26 47.49 31.15 28.28 77.15 38.35 80.49 103.23 74.06 46.34

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Most Advanced LTX-Credence Corporation KongZhong Corporation Unity Bancorp, Inc. Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Zumiez Inc. Celgene Corporation Perceptron, Inc. Ambarella, Inc. ShoreTel, Inc. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

Most Declined Mattress Firm Holding Corp. Conn's, Inc. MISONIX, Inc. The9 Limited Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation MannKind Corporation Amtech Systems, Inc. Envivio, Inc. Hurco Companies, Inc. Himax Technologies, Inc.

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE Diageo PLC 1978.50 -4.50 easyJet PLC 1260.50 4.90 Eurasian Nat Resources ... 221.85 -4.30 Experian PLC 1162.50 4.00 Fresnillo PLC 1284.50 21.00 G4S PLC 255.55 -2.40 GKN PLC 346.65 -0.30 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1645.00 -6.00 Glencore Xstrata PLC 320.70 2.30 Hammerson PLC 485.55 -2.50 Hargreaves Lansdown 1019.00 -1.02 HSBC Holdings PLC 703.90 -4.34 IMI PLC 1486.00 -5.00 Imperial Tobacco Gr PLC 2253.50 -7.00 InterContinental Hotels 1881.50 -8.50 International Cnsldtd ... 302.15 0.80 Intertek Group PLC 3345.50 -4.00 ITV PLC 174.10 -0.40 Johnson Matthey PLC 2964.00 -3.00 Kingfisher PLC 405.75 -0.70 Land Securities Gr PLC 889.00 5.50 Legal & General Gr PLC 193.65 2.90 Lloyds Banking Gr PLC 75.49 0.06 London Stock Exchange 1611.00 -2.00 Marks & Spencer Group 496.50 -2.40 Meggitt PLC 542.00 -3.50 Melrose Industries PLC 302.55 -0.10 National Grid PLC 736.75 -5.00 Next PLC 5065.00 15.00 Old Mutual PLC 185.70 -0.20 Pearson PLC 1283.00 -8.00 Persimmon PLC 1164.00 4.00 Petrofac Ltd 1411.00 -5.00 Prudential PLC 1124.00 3.00 Randgold Resources Ltd 5001.00 9.00 Reckitt Benckiser Group 4363.50 -17.00 Reed Elsevier PLC 809.50 2.50 Resolution Ltd 318.15 0.50 REXAM PLC 500.75 -2.00 Rio Tinto PLC 3121.00 23.00 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1139.00 -3.00 Royal Bank of Scotland 335.60 -1.80 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2151.00 -11.00 RSA Insurance Group 119.20 0.00 SABMiller PLC 3095.75 -6.50 Sage Group (The) PLC 345.45 -0.20 Sainsbury (J) PLC 392.95 -0.50 Schroders PLC 2415.50 9.00 Serco Group PLC 551.50 -2.50 Severn Trent PLC 1688.50 -15.00 Shire PLC 2435.50 -10.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 760.00 -9.00 Smiths Group PLC 1335.00 -7.00 SSE PLC 1551.00 -15.72 Standard Chartered PLC 1465.00 -6.50 Standard Life PLC 338.50 0.33 Tate & Lyle PLC 784.25 -23.00 Tesco PLC 367.35 0.35 Travis Perkins PLC 1605.00 4.00 TUI Travel PLC 339.50 1.40 Tullow Oil PLC 1081.00 11.00 Unilever PLC 2458.00 0.82 United Utilities Group 675.25 -5.50 Vedanta Resources PLC 1198.00 8.00 Vodafone Group PLC 210.45 -0.30 Weir Group PLC 2269.50 14.00 Whitbread PLC 3209.50 42.00 William Hill PLC 416.05 0.00 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 292.50 -0.70 Wolseley PLC 3387.00 -11.00 Wood Group (John) PLC 801.00 5.00 WPP PLC 1249.00 -1.00

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Fingernail clue to wasted money AS I type away on the computer keyboard, brightly-painted fingernails flicker in the light before my eyes. I have to scrunch up my nose and shake my head, as I suddenly realise just how much money women waste on make-up. A look You see… I recently at finance bought a new nail for females varnish. A beautiful ‘candy apple’ green Jane Plunkett colour. It’s been jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews.com advertised everywhere recently on bus stops. A beautifully tanned hand, bearing stunning airbrushed nails, is YOUR CHOICE: Be sure make-up suits you before you buy. wearing the polish in the advert and it looks so nice! and slightly reddish skin because it just doesn’t suit Imagine what could be So nice in fact that I tone! “Well there’s €14 them. done with €5,000 in rushed out to buy the down the drain,” I sigh, as In fact, a study released retirement. Take a luxury product. I reach for the nail polish this month reveals that holiday, refurbish the However, the problem is remover. women in the UK waste house, eat in Michelin Star that I don’t have superOk, it’s only a bottle of €90 purchasing make-up restaurants, help put a smooth model-like hands nail polish, but the point is in the wrong tone or grandchild through and the ‘candy apple’ that so many women buy colour every year. This university. green colour does nothing mountains of make-up adds up to about €5,000 All definitively better for me against my white that is never used, simply in a lifetime. than a stack of sparkly

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blue eyeshadows and hot pink lipsticks looking out of place on your face or gathering dust in the bathroom! When it comes to buying unsuitable makeup, apparently foundation came out on top as the worst culprit, followed by blusher, bronzer, eyeshadow and lipstick. And it seems that women are shy to bring such items back to get a refund, too. Half of those surveyed admitted to never taking (unused) items back, with the majority claiming they didn’t think they would be allowed to return them. Ladies, it’s time to take a long, hard look in a well-lit mirror. Decide what colour make-up suits your skin tone and don’t get sidetracked by colourful advertising that makes someone else look fantastic!

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Car sales down CAR sales of 38,872 last month were 18.3 per cent lower than in August 2012. The government’s PIVE subsidy scheme will boost purchases in the autumn, predicted manufacturers’ association Anfac.

Contraband cigs ELEVEN per cent of cigarettes sold in Spain last year were contraband. In some parts of Andalucia this reached 30 per cent owing to tobacco smuggled across the border from Gibraltar.

Jobs going NATIONALISED Bankia is closing 259 of its branches in Cataluña. Up to 809 employees will be made redundant, although only 128 have so far accepted Bankia’s terms.


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FOREIGN EXCHANGE A FLURRY of positive economic data from the UK has augured well for the British Pound, making it the best performer in August amongst the major currencies. Confidence is on a high in Britain as the economic recovery gathers pace. Ever since Bank of England Governor Mark Carney unveiled his ‘forward guidance’ policy, tying up any movement in interest rates to stable figures emanating from the 7 per cent targeted employment rate which they expect to materialise by late 2016, markets have responded positively to better manufacturing and construction reports. With consumer confidence also on a high, it comes as no surprise that Sterling has rallied against the Euro breaching the 1.18 level early this month coupled with the best ever manufacturing figure release for 16 months at 57.2. The road ahead looks pretty steady for the Pound with business activity and factory orders also on the uptick. Although Sterling has had a

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bullish run against the US Dollar and the Euro, movements were not as drastic as one would have expected. There is a key element to this; given the fact that developments in Syria have taken a turn for the worse, most investors tend to flock towards more stable ‘safe haven’ currencies, and that is exactly what has happened with the Dollar and the Euro. With capital inflows pouring in, it is likely that this is rendered purely a function of near-term economic upswing for the European continent. This would

BULLISH RUN: Sterling has rallied against the Euro. indicate that the Euro will continue to retain some of its recent-found strength in the short term. Psychologically, any talks for the implementation of ‘tapering’ of asset purchases (the quantitative easing programme) by the Federal Reserve should move the relatively calm markets now, indicating that the Euro may be running out of luck as it has failed to rally significantly even

when supported occasionally by better than expected economic data. The world will watch in anticipation as Germany goes to the polls to elect a new government on September 22. The events from this election will define how the ongoing three-year crisis in Europe would shape up, although currently stable with reports of the Eurozone emerging from

recession, it could flare up rapidly. Europe has already eased debt burdens on bailed-out countries in the Eurozone, namely Italy, Portugal and Greece, and any further requests for bailouts and reports of non-compliance, would see a harsh stance taken by Germany’s new government and the European Central Bank. Until then expect the Euro to continue to remain slightly weak against the Pound with major movements only showing up after the election. With growth forecasts hiked for the UK on the emergence of an economic recovery and Europe continuing in hushed silence till the German elections, we could see GBP/EUR breach the 1.19 level briefly but the pair will get most of its decisive exaggerated move post the elections depending on the measures that the Troika will take to try and sort out the Eurozone’s predicament.

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Price-fix probe into major car builders CAR manufacturers in Spain are being targeted in a price-fixing investigation. Spain’s National Competition Commission (CNC) has launched a probe that will cover most major car makers in Spain. That includes Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors, Fiat Group, Ford, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Honda, Kia Motors, Peugeot and Citroën, as well as Volkswagen Audi España, Seat, Urban Science and Snap-On Solutions. At the same time another investigation will run into the distributors of Audi, Seat, Nissan, Toyota, Land Rover, Hyundai and Opel brands in Spain. The probes have been

ON SHOW: Many manufacturers at Frankfurt Motorshow are being probed. launched after a series of inspections in July and August. The investigations will look into whether the various firms colluded and exchanged information on prices and marketing. “The investigation of cartels is one of the CNC’s priorities,” the anti-trust authority said. If found guilty of any malpractice, the

companies could face fines of up to 10 per cent of their annual revenue, Spanish daily El Pais reported. It quoted a Renault spokesman as saying the company did not infringe any laws. It is not known what evidence, if any, against the manufacturers and distributors has been found to justify an investigation.


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Blazing lights are a costly extravagance IN crisis-ridden Spain, my wife and I have been nightly witnesses to an extravagant and easily avoidable waste of electricity. It is caused by the stubborn insistence of Benidorm City Hall allowing the, admittedly impressive, spectacle of the dusk-to-dawn illumination of Levante Beach’s famous Boardwalk streetlamps. We get a bird’s-eye-view of the needless excessive cost of maintaining the hundreds, or probably thousands, of lightbulbs which illuminate this ‘Great White Way’ from dusk until sometimes 7am. The cost of maintaining this illumination until early morning could be put to better use repairing the desperate state of Benidorm’s numerous dilapidated and hazardous sidewalks. My wife and I have often stumbled over and witnessed injuries to other hapless pedestrians manoeuvring through this neglected ‘obstacle course’. Having said that, Benidorm is a wonderful place for a happy retirement with its variety of good food at bargain-rate prices. The shows and entertainment are unsurpassed in the rest of Spain, as my Valencian wife and I will readily attest to. Our criticism is intended to improve Benidorm. Richard M McBride, Benidorm (Alicante)

No comparison I THOUGHT I had seen it all until I saw the news about some Gibraltarians (Costa del Sol Issue 1469) demanding the George Cross and comparing themselves to Malta. Have they read about the siege of Malta? Do they know how people suffered? My wife was born in Malta in 1940. Her father was wounded as an AA gunner. People starved. It was more than an inconvenient traffic jam. Enjoy your tax haven but never compare yourselves to a gallant country like Malta! Clive Graham (By email) Editor’s note: The George Cross is the UK’s highest award for gallantry awarded to civilians. It was awarded to the island of Malta by King George VI

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Where’s the harm? CAN someone please explain to me why the police are so set on stopping ‘looky-looky’ sales of handbags, etc? I know, and you know, these bags are just look-a-likes, and to be honest I do not care! I either like them or I don’t, and for €20 I am happy. I would never buy the real designer handbags for hundreds of euros, so leave me to buy a bag to match every outfit, and keep the looky-lookyman with a small income. It is better than mugging for a living! Mary Hopkins, Torremolinos (Malaga)

Bad news THE paradise island of Mallorca is getting some very bad press regarding the sex trade on the island. It would seem from one letter (Issue 1469) that despite numerous complaints by the legitimate traders and owners of bars on the island, who have a genuine concern for the safety and welfare of their customers, there has been little or no action on the part of the authorities. In another letter, a British holidaymaker was attacked by a taxi driver over a matter of €5 and was hospitalised with no action being taken against the driver. As pointed out in both pieces, this could damage Mallorca’s holiday industry. Bad news always travels fast. John Lawrence, Hondon de las Nieves (Alicante)

Time for a rest! REST at last! My three children are back at school this week. Even they are relieved to return. Nearly three months of holidays is hard work for parents, and boring for the children. I know the excuse for such long holidays is it is too hot for school work, but have the authorities never heard of air-conditioning? Mrs Angela Tedds, Estepona (Malaga)

Help needed MANY expats have left Spain in the last few years. The reason for some is they reached a time when they knew they were going to have to leave their home and find a new place to live that would give them the care they might need in the future. A group of community spirited people in Almuñecar (Granada) are working hard to address this need by looking at the possibility of reopening the Residencia Costa Tropical home for the retired. As part of that work they are doing some research to see if there are others who feel the same way they do and want to create a space where people can be independent but never alone. They have put a questionnaire online at www.residenciacosta tropical.com and would be grateful if readers could take a few minutes to answer some simple questions. Helping them out with this does not commit anyone to joining them, but it will show if there is a feeling of support for this community based project. Mel O’Gorman (By email)

Swiss solution I HAVE read via your excellent paper many articles on the working street girls (I do not like the term prostitutes). Now Zurich has found the answer. The Swiss have set up ‘garages’ where clients can retire with the street girls. There will be medical advice and sanitary facilities on hand, and it takes them off the streets. A panic button will be provided in case of trouble. It would be a great idea if we can get this idea over to our town halls. BG (By email)

Double love I DID not move to Spain in search of love, Euro Weekly News (Expat love hunt, page 3, Issue 1470), but I found it! Thirty years ago I fell in love with the country first, and my beautiful wife Francesca soon after. In both cases the love affair has continued to the present day. Thank you Spain for giving me a happy life! Stan Hardmann, Palma (Mallorca).

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT GREAT EVENT: The Proms. faces, all baring their emotions without a damn Burka in sight. The Burka is a travesty. This awful facial shroud actually sums up the oppressive way of life our enemies would have us adopt, if we allowed it, which we never will. The French have already banned this unacceptable mask of misery and I was delighted to see Conservative MP Philip Hollobone

OTHERS THINK IT come out this week and state that if one of these women required a ‘face to face’ consultation, they would not be welcome unless their faces could actually be observed. Let us be absolutely clear here. The Burka has nothing whatsoever to do with religion. At no point does the Koran mention the female form has to be covered from top to toe,

merely that they should be attired modestly. (Call me old fashioned, but observing the way some of our ladies expose themselves these days the Koran may have a point!) No, having lived in a Muslim country for almost eight years, I can tell you, the only reason their women are covered in this way is that some of the men are so randy and emotionally insecure; they simply can’t trust other males to keep their hands off them. It really is as simple as that. As far as the women themselves are concerned, some comply because they are simply petrified of their chosen partners, others retain a masochistic or subservient attitude, and only a few truly enjoy the anonymity and intimidating effect this threatening emotion eraser has on those around them. This week’s message? Ban the Burka and God bless the Proms. Keep the Faith. Love Leapy. Leapylee2002@gmail.com.

Right again CONGRATULATIONS on yet another article in the EWN that I, and I am sure 99 per cent of the population, agree with. My friends and acquaintances all agree with Leapy about keeping out of the Syrian conflict. Thank you once again for expressing our thoughts so clearly. Keep it up! Cynthia Blantern, (Malaga)

A tragedy

LETTERS TO LEAPY

TO me one of the most wonderfully British events of the year is The Proms. The series of classical music concerts held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, sum up everything that is gloriously British. As I looked out at the thousands who took part in this year’s final, heart bursting night, my thoughts turned to the subsequent despair and envy that must be felt by the enemies in our midst. Misguided zealots, who actually think they can replace the British heritage and way of life with their own austere undemocratic slavery. As I looked out across this wonderful gathering, with the flags of the Commonwealth and our nation waving proudly in the breeze and the uplifting tones of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ ringing stridently out from 10,000 throats, I was struck by two thoughts. One was why our Scottish partners would ever want to leave our age old alliance! And secondly the sight of thousands of joyful

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Proms show those who are so proud to be gloriously British

REGARDING Syria. It is a tragedy what is happening there. I have to say I disagree with a lot of what Leapy says, but this time he has it right. Democracy has finally been heard with the UK parliament voting against military action. Clara Anderson, Torrevieja, (Alicante).


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4:45pm Elephant Diaries 5:15pm The Seven Ages of Britain 6:15pm Cash in the Attic 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm James Martin's Food Map of Britain 8:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Best of British 9:00pm The Great British Bake Off 10:00pm The Midwives 11:00pm Later Live... with Jools Holland 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Today at the Conference Political update.

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CARME CHACON, former Defence Minister and contender for the PSOE party leadership, is off to the US for a sabbatical year. As a Barcelona-based Catalan she can stay out of the separatist issue secretly Cassandra Nash backed by many PSC members who halfheartedly follow the party and not entirely impartial reaction – to the Spanish political scene line. Chacon’s true feelings regarding Catalan independence are not known, but SABBATICAL YEAR: Carme Chacon is off to the US. her ambitions to lead the party and, eventually, Spain are no financial corruption case which concentrate on the economy mystery. So she will return when Barcenas has unravelled to the instead of explaining away the dust has settled, and make point that it entangles the PP still Barcenas and Gurtel. her leadership move then. Clever, more. What loses support for the Unfortunately, there is so much fragrant Chacon! PP is what won them the 2011 to explain away that the elections: the economy. government cannot get on with Two years ago first-time PP its real business until it comes voters believed Mariano Rajoy clean. Or dirty, as the case might would salvage the economy. be. He has failed, but if there TWO out of every three people were a noticeable upturn, if who voted PP in November 2011 unemployment queues would not do so now. shortened, if there were more TWO computers used by Luis Revelations from the ex-PP spending on health and Barcenas at the PP party Treasurer and Senator Luis education, much would be headquarters in Madrid were Barcenas have not helped. forgiven and votes won back. handed to investigating Judge Neither has the Gurtel politicalRajoy knows this and wants to Pablo Ruz. One hard-drive was

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Suits you, sir! FRANCISCO CAMPS, former president of the Valencian Community was allegedly up to his neck in Gurtel corruption. The Valencian Government supposedly handed out government contracts in return for commissions and Camps was purportedly bribed with made-to-measure suits. The case reached court but a nine-strong jury, all local residents, acquitted him by a five-to-four majority. Camps’s name has reappeared in the Noos scandal embroiling the king’s son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarin in the alleged misuse of public funds. The Noos case emerged during an earlier politicalfinancial corruption case in Palma de Mallorca and ongoing investigations link both Camps and Valencia City Mayor Rita Barbera to Noos. missing and the other destroyed. Remanded Barcenas claims they contained details of irregular

LINKED: Francisco Camps. Their parliamentary immunity gives them the right to be tried in Valencia by a superior court. As a result the Mallorca public prosecutor wants to shift the entire Urdangarin investigation to Valencia’s Upper Court of Justice. This would remove persistent and fearless Judge Jose Castro from the case after three years. It could stem from a desire to see justice done. Or someone, somewhere hopes that a public already gorged on a diet of Gurtel and Barcenas will lose its appetite for the Urdangarin scandal. funding, a claim the party denies. So why try to hide something that never existed?


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27th Rei en Jaume regatta THE 27th Rei en Jaume regatta came to an end with an awards ceremony held at the Port Adriano in Mallorca. Winds made for good sailing conditions during the race which commemorates the arrival of King Jaume I to Mallorca in 1229. Santa Ponsa based racer Gabriel Payeras won in the RI class race after completing the 115 miles between the coasts of Salou (Tarragona) and Calvia with a time of 24h, 40m and 21s. Antonio Guiu Badia was the winner in the PRO division with a time of 20h, 28m and 19s. The organising committee have awarded the boat Galaxie, based in the Club de Mar, with a special prize due to the humanitarian work its owners carry out.

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WINNERS: The race began 14 years ago as a tribute in memory of sailor, Pepe Bellver.

The Palma-FormenteraPalma regatta is over THE Airlan Aermec, S’Avenc and Micanga were announced as the winners of the 14th Regatta Palma-Formentera-Palma (Pepe Bellver Memorial). It was organised by Palma’s Royal Nautical Club earlier this month with 21 classifications of vessels taking part. For the first category Airlan Aermec captained by Juan Cabrer, courageously sailed at top speed on the return journey from Formentera among winds of between 12 and 14 knots and several showers of rain. The vessel that came second in the initial regatta took the lead in

the end, three points ahead of runners up Histolab, captained by Jose Juan Torres. In the second category S’Avenc captained by Toni Marques, scraped a win, one point ahead of second place Bauxa captained by Jaime Fullana. Marques’ crew was victorious in the first run and held their nerve on the return journey to take the win in Palma. In the third category El Micanga captained by Mateo Grimalt stood out amongst the rest of the competition winning first place on both the outward and return journeys.

The Palma-Formentera-Palma is one of the biggest social regattas held by Palma’s Nautical Club. The race began 14 years ago as a tribute in memory of sailor Pepe Bellver, owner and captain of the Bris sailboat. The Palma Royal Nautical Club created a silver replica of Pepe Bellver’s vessel as a special trophy for crews who had been awarded on five occasions in this regatta. The Omi II which was captained by Quinco Llompart was the first vessel to reach this number of triumphs in the competition in 2007.

PALMA’S Royal Nautical Club is organising the second edition of the Yatess A2 to take place on September 20, 21 and 22. This is the last scoring race for the 3 Clubs Cup - La Caixa in the category for offshore sailing. Up until now the club has accepted new vessels and the organising committee is expecting around 15 participating vessels at the starting line. This year’s course will consist of 130 nautical miles and will begin in Bahia de Palma heading towards the Horada islands and the Cabrera islands and then to the Capdepera lighthouse where they will circle a buoy before returning to Palma. Martin Aizcorbe the Yatess’ representative and promoter for the regatta says changing the route ensures vessels and their crews are freshly challenged.


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POSIDONIA PRAIRIES: An important wildlife habitat.

App for sailors to avoid sea prairies THE Balearic government has launched a little-known smartphone app to help protect the ‘sea prairies’ around Mallorca. The sea prairies have been classified by the EU as being a ‘priority habitat’ and the Balearic Government has launched the app to help boaters preserve the environment. Skippers can use the app to help pinpoint areas of Posidonia so they can avoid them when they anchor. It is hoped boaters and yachtsmen will download the app and take note of the locations of the prairies as they cruise around the islands. The app can be downloaded from www.balearslifeposidonia.eu.

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As reported in last week’s Euro Weekly News, damage to the Posidonia is a problem that is starting to get more publicity, with the threat of fines to deter boat owners from damaging the prairies. No fines have reportedly been levied over the last two years. The Posidonia prairies are a hugely important wildlife habitat around Mallorca with many marine species feeding in them and using them as a refuge and breeding area. Environmentalists say they also have a big impact on the island’s tourism trade. They are partly to thank for the crystal clear water that attracts snorkellers and tourists alike.


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PENING a newspaper these days can be an angst-inducing exercise. Wars, atrocities, crime and depravity jump out from every page, even the business section is not immune, with further economic doom foretelling of future austerity measures and tax hikes. If you are ready to skip the rest of this article and Ulrica Marshall Along with suicide seek out more lightbombings in Iraq, hearted pieces, bear with Swedish-born Ulrica is a uncontrollable nuclear freelance journalist living in me… emissions in Japan and Mallorca with her family. Her Do you scoff at the debut novel $Expat Wives is even the risk of political available on Amazon and media’s focus on iBooks. conflict on our doorstep To comment on any of celebrities partying in the issues raised in Ulrica’s with regards to the border column, go to St Tropez, Z-listers www.euroweeklynews.com/ with Gibraltar, our anxiety bickering in a house columnists/ulrica-marshall can rise to what ulrica@euroweeklynews.com under surveillance psychologists term ‘fight 24/7 and former teenor flight’ levels. idols behaving badly on stage at Music Nature has provided our bodies with the Awards? ability - or the adrenaline - to reach Perhaps you know more about the family maximum physical potential to stay and dramas of Brad and Angelina or Catherine fight an enemy, or to run faster than a and Michael Douglas than you do about speeding bullet in the opposite direction. those of your cousins, which you think is a Unless you are unfortunate enough to be tragedy, but secretly, you still read about it? in a war-zone, neither reaction is Well, you are not alone and I think doing appropriate these days. So, instead of so may, in fact, be a useful antidote to the being expended, the adrenaline internalises abundance of bad news that otherwise and can ultimately lead to health problems. dominates the media. Cue Miley Cyrus (the artist formerly After all, what can we, as private known as Hannah Montana) cavorting on individuals, do about allegations of stage with an oversized white foam finger chemical attacks on civilians in Syria? and a male pop star; the perfect storm in a Faced with harrowing photographs, we feel teacup. Whether it left you incensed, powerless and fearful for the future, ours irritated or intrigued, it was the talk of the and that of our children. town and media for several days. It made

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further headline news when the satirical newspaper The Onion posted a false first person explanation in the name of CNN’s Managing Editor for her decision to lead with this story ahead of the rather more weighty news available. They primarily blamed the age-old motivator of money for the decision, but in reality, are we not fed up with the horrors of the world? We cannot run from the current state of flux, and it is probably our duty as citizens of the world to stay informed. Sure, you can lobby the government or support Amnesty International, but in the end our impact is minimal. So, until the day that ‘good news’ captures the majority of headlines, our interest in the buffered, relatively unimportant world of reality TV stars and celebrities could be the escapism that we need. Rather than feeling guilty about buying your daily tabloid or weekly gossip magazine, just think about the money you are saving in counselling and, as you fall asleep at night, perhaps include Angelina Jolie in your little list of people to thank for a calm night’s sleep.


12 - 18 September 2013 www.euroweeklynews.com LISTEN into any school playground in Mallorca and people will hear the chatter of many different languages. The little ones, in particular, seem to have the ability to switch from one language to another without missing a heartbeat, putting many adults to shame! Early education together with the huge variety in nationalities have given the children a gift that is not always evident in the UK. They are open and accessible to language and haven’t developed that hesitancy and shyness that is often seen in older children when they are being drilled in dusty classrooms about ‘la plume de ma tante’ or some other useful phrase. What the children and young people of Mallorca take for granted - and are

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Language skills are a great way to get further ahead astonishingly unaware of is how their skills in language immediately puts them as the front runners in the job markets. A fluency in a language other than your mother tongue, and often another, puts these youngsters streets ahead in terms of opportunity. They may well go into higher education or the workplace with skills that they can travel with and join any number of international companies; the Foreign Office is particularly keen to recruit linguists as is the EU. So which languages are useful? English is the

PALMA COLLEGE: Head teachers (front line) and language students (back line). language of the business world hence the innumerable language schools and courses here

Advice on starting a new school Dear Janet Q. MY 14-year-old daughter is nervous about starting a new school and I want to know if we can help her? AD Palma A. WELL, as this letter goes to print just after the start of term, her first few days will have passed already and you should know by now how she has settled. It is a difficult task for any of us: new school or new job. To ensure new starts anywhere feel comfortable there are a few things you can do. Ensure that all information sent out in advance to parents and children has been read thoroughly and understood. This may be factual, such as class teacher’s names, times of lessons etc, or it may be more of a chatty newsletter type telling pupils what to expect. If possible try to find out in advance if there is a pairing/buddying/mentoring scheme in place where an established pupil will be taking a new one on board for the first few days. This is an excellent scheme and helps everyone feel part of

the community much more quickly. Some forward-thinking schools do put pupils in touch with each other through email before the start of term. If there is a uniform make sure that your child follows the rules, and that they have the supplies they need. In the Spanish system this means buying all text books prior to the start of term, plus files and pencil case requirements. Find out if they need clothes for games and make sure these go in on the right day. Encourage your daughter to sign up for clubs and activities as this way she will expand her groups of friends outside her immediate class. Finally, try not to show your own nerves! This may be a more difficult day for you than for her as she will be swept away by the bustle of school life whilst you are at home worrying. Remember children are much more adaptable and especially on the island they are used to new faces and are mostly very welcoming. Janet

in Spain. Spanish itself is spoken throughout the South American and Iberian peninsulas; German and French are useful for working in Europe and the emerging languages are Mandarin and Russian.

Mandarin is important to the West as a whole through trade, and Russian is an emerging sector here in Spain through relocation and tourism. Taking A Level languages may seem a

little bit of a soft option for near native speakers but the courses contain so much more than pure language. The culture and identity of the country is explored through literature, politics, history and film. An understanding of the national psyche is part of the course. They are certainly not soft subjects to study but well worth the effort. Let’s celebrate the language skills of the young people and encourage them to be part of the global village that is their future. ‘The pen of my aunt’ may be useful in writing answers in an exam, but it is not going to prove practicable in a boardroom debate.


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A great mind teeming with images… RODRIGO was a barber of Galician descent living in Alcala de Henares in the 16th century. As was the custom with barbers of the time, he also carried out minor medical procedures like blood-letting and the setting of bones. Leonor was the daughter of a nobleman who had lost his fortune, thus obliging him to sell her into matrimony with the reasonably successful Rodrigo in 1543. Such situations were not extraordinary as regards life in the kingdom of Castile-Leon at the time. What would prove to be extraordinary, however, would be the effect their fourth child would have upon the world. In September of 1547 Leonor gave birth to a boy who the couple duly christened: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. He would during his lifetime publish many works of fiction but

Bruce Walbran

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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Bruce - a former UK career linguist - has studied national history and culture for years. A Spanish resident for two decades, he lives in Alfaz del Pi, near Benidorm.

it would be one in particular that would cement his name amongst history’s greatest literary figures. That work of fiction is, of course, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, whose eponymous hero travels the length and breadth of the land in search of adventure with his confidant, Sancho Panza, constantly unable to reconcile his chivalrous values with the values of those he encounters. The book, or two books, as it was written in two parts, deals with a number of themes, and there have been many

interpretations put forward as to the intrinsic meaning of the story; the consensus of opinion being that it is a tale all about satirizing the romance of chivalry, poking fun at the values of the aristocracy. Indeed the novel portrays lowly folk like goatherds and shepherds as being thoughtful and philosophical to emphasize this point. But, as you can well imagine, there’s got to be much more to it than that. A work of fiction so revered by both readers and scholars alike has to be about more than just taking the mickey out of someone or something.

GREAT IMAGINATION: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Very much so. The magic of the novel lies in its appeal to everyone as it fascinates different people in different ways, making it the first true, modern novel, investigating the lure of fantasy and imagination over the realities of the mundane world. One can imagine his mind teeming with the images of his fictional hero gambolling through one escapade after another while he himself went about his daily grind, collecting tributes to ensure, among other things, the preservation of the aristocracy

and the monarchy. Something he was completely powerless to alter. But he was writing in a time of change. Across Europe people were beginning to question the established values of church and monarchy. People were beginning to think for themselves. And Don Quixote is a beautifully tragic and satirical reflection of that great shift in consciousness. It is a celebration of the imagination that has not lost its appeal through the years because it reassures us that, come what may, it’s okay to dream.

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McGOWAN: Jailed. McGowan, 61, originally from Edinburgh, was arrested at a swimming pool in Valencia on August 10

by the Guardia Civil. He fled the UK 12 years ago after being found guilty of smuggling 28.3 million cigarettes into the country. His crimes cost the UK around £4 million (€4.75 million) in duty and he was sentenced in his absence in December 2001.

McGowan was part of a wider conspiracy to smuggle around 56 million cigarettes into the UK between November 1999 and March 2000. Ten other men were involved in the plot, which cost UK taxpayers £8.2 million (€9.74 million) in lost revenues.


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E went on holiday last weekend. For the second time in nine years of living on a holiday island, my husband and I went away and stayed in a hotel. The first time was in 2005 before our daughter was born; it was up in a hotel with a terrible atmosphere in Soller. The married couple who ran it were not very happy with each other - the following year I believe one of them killed the other - and it rained constantly for the two-day stay. All in all, not the greatest success. Last weekend, as we left the house, the sun went in and it started to rain. Well, we joked, this was par for the course. We’d decided to go up to Canyamel, to an allinclusive hotel (we went for half board, you couldn’t book just B&B). It took about an hour to get to

PAR FOR THE COURSE: A rainy, but happy, weekend away. from our front door to the hotel, or to put it another way, about €15 in petrol. The room was comfortable and clean. After we had checked-in we headed straight down to the beach for a look. It was beautifully windy and fresh, the sea cresting with waves as they hit the shore. We found quite a coollooking chiringuito and pulled up a couple of chairs and swiftly made our way

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through three beers and two large glasses of wine which cost us the grand sum of €8 all in. That was when a refrain from Annie The Musical started to run through my head: ‘I think I’m gonna like it here!’ And I did. We nipped up to Cala Ratjada after our

Voyager sails into Palma VOYAGER, a small cruise ship built in Valencia in 1990, made its first port call in Palma. An event was held on board to celebrate this landmark. In it, the president of Balearic Port Authority, Jose Maria Urrutia, handed Voyager’s, Captain, Oleksandr Tkachuk, a commemorative token.

Voyager, owned by British cruise company Voyages of Discovery, visited Palma as part of a 14-day cruise through different European ports, which other vessels have difficulties entering. This has been possible thanks to the Voyager’s dimensions, smaller than regular cruise ships, that has taken it to cities like Nantes, Marseille, Lisbon, Bilbao and Cadiz.

all-you-can-eat dinner. I fell in love with the marina immediately. It’s in a horseshoe shape and has bars and restaurants right around it. And the best thing about Cala Ratjada? It was absolutely packed with people. The atmosphere was

buzzing. We loved drinking our Hierbas and cafés con leche whilst watching the hordes promenading along the front. The next day we went down to Porto Cristo in the rain and had a top lunch in a smashing Spanish restaurant called La Esquina: bacalao with fennel, John Dory with spinach, and then the Gato (almond cake) with homemade almond ice cream, a bottle of wine, a

few more drinks, coffees and another (cough) pudding, all in for just over €50. We’ve got pretty used to the cost of living in SouthWest Mallorca but when you go outside of that area it seems as if perhaps the prices are a little lower than we are used to. It rained on and off all afternoon so we explored some caves. In the evening we went back up to Cala Ratjada and ended up in a fun bar with a lovely swimming pool and fountains, called Cocos Pool, welcomed in by Maria and sunk a few cocktails. Well, it would have been rude not to! We’d only been gone for about 40 hours, but we really felt like we’d been far, far away. The next morning after we’d checked out we drove back to Palma back to work. Sun came out, of course.


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Back to work blues MORE than half of Spaniards suffer from depression after their holiday. According to estimates by Spain’s Department of Health Promotion, 65 per cent of the nation suffer and struggle with the back to work routine. In a report it says that workers enjoy “being out of their environment, go to bed later, eat at different times and alter virtually all their habits.” “The greater the time they are away from home and work, the harder it is to return to a routine.”


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Dreaming in the day may mean insomnia DAYDREAMERS are more likely to be insomniacs. A new study of brain scans of insomniacs have revealed that regions of the brain associated with wandering thoughts do not shut down when the brain is given complex tasks, meaning those who can concentrate more are usually better sleepers than those who daydream. Scientists hope the discovery of variations in brain activity between insomnia sufferers and people without the condition could help them find an effective treatment.

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The alum stone is a natural alternative to daily deodorant MORE people are turning to alternative natural deodorants every day. One of the most famous options is the alum stone, also

known as crystal deodorant. Discovered in Roman times, the alum stone does not contain any toxic chemical substances. It is a natural mineral sulphate

that can be used as deodorant and it is especially recommended for people who have sensitive skin. The alum stone does not cover

Summer indulgence causes weight gain of three kilos THE average Spaniard puts on around three kilos of weight during the summer. That’s according to estimates from Doctor Alber Lecube, Coordinator for the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition. He said the main reason for this is “the abandonment of habits one acquires during the year.” He added: “On holiday you forget and eat and drink more.”

The solution, says Lecube, is that “when summer ends, excesses must be finished and as you return to your work routine better eating habits must also return.” He says there is no quick fix to losing weight which requires effort: “It’s okay to have an unbalanced diet for a couple of days to reduce weight fast, but you need healthy habits, eating less and limiting fat intake.”

Healthy alternatives to drinking milk MILK is one of the most nourishing foods available, but lactose intolerant people suffer from unpleasant consequences when they drink it. Finding a milk substitute is easy and supermarkets offer a wide range of possibilities to choose from. The Spanish Vegetarian Union (UVE) has made a list with the best options and their properties. Soy milk leads the list as it is rich in proteins and contains essential fatty acids. Soy milk is cholesterol free so it is a good option to drink any time in the day. Also easy to digest is oat

milk, which comes in second place and is followed by rice milk, which UVE says is refreshing and digestive. Almond and hazelnut milk come in third and fourth positions. They both have a high fibre content that regulates the digestive tract. The list comes to an end with probably the most unknown alternative to milk. Drinks made with quinoa, a cereal originally from South America, have a lot of vitamins and are said to be very digestible. SOY MILK: Probably the best known alternative to milk.

ALUM STONE: Natural option. up odours, but rather prevents them by leaving a thin mineral layer on the skin. It can also be used after waxing or shaving due to its soothing properties. A definite advantage of the alum stone is its durability, which makes it a good value beauty product. This stone comes from a magmatic rock of volcanic origin. However, due to the costs of extraction and the rarity of the mineral, it is becoming harder to find. Synthetic alum stones with the same properties are easy to find in supermarkets as well as in natural product shops.


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A great mind teeming with images… RODRIGO was a barber of Galician descent living in Alcala de Henares in the 16th century. As was the custom with barbers of the time, he also carried out minor medical procedures like blood-letting and the setting of bones. Leonor was the daughter of a nobleman who had lost his fortune, thus obliging him to sell her into matrimony with the reasonably successful Rodrigo in 1543. Such situations were not extraordinary as regards life in the kingdom of Castile-Leon at the time. What would prove to be extraordinary, however, would be the effect their fourth child would have upon the world. In September of 1547 Leonor gave birth to a boy who the couple duly christened: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. He would during his lifetime publish many works of fiction but

Bruce Walbran

Historically Speaking!

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Bruce - a former UK career linguist - has studied national history and culture for years. A Spanish resident for two decades, he lives in Alfaz del Pi, near Benidorm.

it would be one in particular that would cement his name amongst history’s greatest literary figures. That work of fiction is, of course, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, whose eponymous hero travels the length and breadth of the land in search of adventure with his confidant, Sancho Panza, constantly unable to reconcile his chivalrous values with the values of those he encounters. The book, or two books, as it was written in two parts, deals with a number of themes, and there have been many

interpretations put forward as to the intrinsic meaning of the story; the consensus of opinion being that it is a tale all about satirizing the romance of chivalry, poking fun at the values of the aristocracy. Indeed the novel portrays lowly folk like goatherds and shepherds as being thoughtful and philosophical to emphasize this point. But, as you can well imagine, there’s got to be much more to it than that. A work of fiction so revered by both readers and scholars alike has to be about more than just taking the mickey out of someone or something.

GREAT IMAGINATION: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Very much so. The magic of the novel lies in its appeal to everyone as it fascinates different people in different ways, making it the first true, modern novel, investigating the lure of fantasy and imagination over the realities of the mundane world. One can imagine his mind teeming with the images of his fictional hero gambolling through one escapade after another while he himself went about his daily grind, collecting tributes to ensure, among other things, the preservation of the aristocracy

and the monarchy. Something he was completely powerless to alter. But he was writing in a time of change. Across Europe people were beginning to question the established values of church and monarchy. People were beginning to think for themselves. And Don Quixote is a beautifully tragic and satirical reflection of that great shift in consciousness. It is a celebration of the imagination that has not lost its appeal through the years because it reassures us that, come what may, it’s okay to dream.


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September 13. Soraya Arnelas is a Spanish singer known after coming second in the fourth edition of reality TV show Operacion Triunfo (the Spanish equivalent to The X Factor). She represented Spain in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, ending up in the last position with just 23 points. Prior to her musical career she worked as an air hostess.

(January 21 - February 19) A meeting midweek could mean a change to your finances for the better. In the short term, it may be necessary for you to rearrange money and appointments but try not to be too put out. Change is something that we become less tolerant of after a situation has gone on for a time.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Your mind is still sharp this week and there are many questions that you would like answered. Doing a bit of research proves fruitful and also quite amusing. A recent contact may not come up with the proposition hoped for, but realise that it is still early days. AQUARIUS

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) There is so much that has come to light in the past few weeks, it is no wonder that your mind is reeling. All will become clear in the weeks ahead and this cannot be rushed. However, there is a need to look after your health and get out in the fresh air.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A pleasant surprise makes you a little more optimistic midweek. It is possible for you to take on negativity too quickly. The next time something does not go according to plan, hold fire TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Although last week was not run at the pace anticipated, now the pace certainly picks up. Finances are still firmly on the agenda, but this time you will be able to deal on a more relaxed basis. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Make a point of putting on a happy face and your mood will stay high. There is still some more to be done to improve your social life and a recent offer of charity work may be just the thing. Avoid restricting who you are willing to mix with.

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CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Being considerably more relaxed about those things which cannot be changed has taken a weight from your shoulders. It is also easier to understand why others have taken this approach in the past.

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LEO (July 24 - August 23) Are you still patting yourself on the back for that recent achievement? Socially, this is a lovely week when old friendships are strengthened and new acquaintances prove to be relaxing. It is another mellow week but one in which you seriously consider making a major change.

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

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mane, mare, mart, mate, matt, mean, meat, meet, mere, mete, name, neem, ream, tame, team, teem, term, tram, ameer, ament, enema, mater, matte, meant, meter, metre, namer, tamer, marten, matter, meaner, rename, TREATMENT

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) There is still a strong accent on family matters and getting things sorted out. The way ahead is clear. If you are able to persuade someone that an idea was theirs and not yours, so much the better. Being in a practical mood serves you well because it is possible to get a lot done in the next few days.

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1. By what name was the Russian city of St Petersburg known between 1914 and 1924? 2. The seabird formerly referred to as Mother Carey’s chicken, is also known as the ‘storm (or stormy) what’? 3. What name is given to a formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority in respect of a particular cause? 4. What name is given to the French form of bowls played outdoors with metals balls usually on ground in public places? 5. Which 14th century Italian humanist, poet and writer’s reputation is chiefly based on the Canzoniere, a sonnet sequence in praise of a woman he calls Laura?

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SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Having put in extra effort to bring a zing into your life, it is important that you keep the impetus going. This is not only good for your health and wealth, but also your mind. Although trying something new brings a few odd remarks your way, try not to be sidetracked.

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) It is clear that you really love your hearth and home but, every now and again, there is a small voice calling. The good things in life appeal and, to have these, an effort is involved. Do not underestimate the amount of pleasure that you will enjoy when putting in that extra effort. It does, after all, involve other people.

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VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Be your charming self this week without pushing too much. A natural approach when seeking a response is the best course of action. Simply being in the right place and under someoneʼs gaze is all that is required. Are you getting itchy because an offer is not forthcoming?

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The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Vende (5) 4 Coffin (5) 7 Spring (season) (9) 8 House (4) 10 Stripe (4) 13 Maíz dulce (9) 15 Fright (sudden fear) (5) 16 Manos (5) Down 1 Maletas (para

Co d e B r e a ke r 18 Apply force to journalists (5) 20 Introduction to book by mere poet (5) 22 Split peas in church area (4) 24 Equipment hidden in the skittle alley (3)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Hoarder, 5 Slips, 8 Priests, 9 Alarm, 10 Swear, 11 Special, 12 Plates, 14 Screws, 17 Article, 19 Sands, 22 Image, 23 Initial, 24 Gates, 25 Sonnets.

QUICK Across 7 Journey (6) 8 Chief (6) 9 Type of flower (4) 10 Ready (8) 11 Disperse (7) 13 Perhaps (5) 15 Grabs onto (5) 17 Strange (7) 20 Morally excellent (8) 21 Raise (4) 23 Containing salt (6) 24 Balance unsteadily (6)

equipaje) (9) 2 Labio (3) 3 Traje (de dos piezas) (4) 4 Abbot (4) 5 Bee (5) 6 Diamonds (9) 9 Cobertizos (para animales, herramientas) (5) 11 Another (4) 12 Polilla (de ropa) (4) 14 Monja (3)

Down 1 Childʼs toy (2-2) 2 Most recent (6) 3 Puzzle (7) 4 Change (5) 5 Curved yellow fruit (6) 6 Recall (8) 12 Knitted woollen jumper (8) 14 Hairy (7) 16 Rotten (6) 18 Dormant (6) 19 Pugilist (5) 22 Give a meal (4)

Down: 1 Hopes, 2 Arise, 3 Deserve, 4 Resist, 5 Stale, 6 Imagine, 7 Samples, 12 Peaking, 13 Attract, 15 Cushion, 16 Genius, 18 Chess, 20 Noise, 21 Sales. QUICK Across: 7 Polite, 8 Sweden, 9 Size, 10 Clemency, 11 Perplex, 13 Raven, 15 Flees, 17 Fantasy, 20 Parakeet, 21 Soap, 22 Serene, 23 Relief. Down: 1 Police, 2 Hike, 3 Teacher, 4 Ashen, 5 Relevant, 6 Rescue, 12 Prepared, 14 Factory, 16 Leaves, 18 Scared, 19 Level, 21 Sulk. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Primo, 3 Pills, 5 Nos, 7 Revisor, 9 Near, 10 Date, 13 Vistazo, 14 Ski, 15 Swiss, 16 Ondas.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 11 represents B and 16 represents Z, so fill in B every time the figure 11 appears and Z every time the figure 16 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 (NEATLY) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

AFRESH AGREES BARONS BREAST COARSE DEEPER EIGHTY EXTORT

Down: 1 Penknives, 2 Otro, 3 Pavo, 4 Surgeries, 6 Stars, 8 Seats, 11 Pais, 12 Lobo.

GIRDLE GREASE INTENT

Quote

Funagram

Play on Words

Unscramble the name of a British broadcaster, musician and writer: FILMED FAR RACK

LIFE THE

MUTTER

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’

NEATLY (10) PANELS PLANTS

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish writer and poet

FAED RAE

Answers: The afterlife; Turn a deaf ear

Unscramble the name of a famous 1970s thriller novel and film (five words): JOCKEY HALT FATHEAD

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MARINE

READER

Women’s wit You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.’ Mae West (1893–1980), US actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol

SPARKS STREAK

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Hedges, 2 Enters, 3 Seated, 4 Heaven, 5 Ranges, 6 Batter, 7 Absent, 8 Barest, 9 Healer, 10 Breath, 11 Dearly, 12 Splash, 13 Seared, 14 Shells, 15 Asters, 16 Meddle, 17 Sparks, 18 Elders, 19 Course

FUNAGRAM SOLUTION MARK RADCLIFFE THE DAY OF THE JACKAL


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€100m shock of football transfer SPAIN is currently experiencing severe government cutbacks along with thousands of evictions and high levels of unemployment, whilst Real Madrid spends THE opinions amongst people the EWN talked to on the street are quite unambiguous. Gareth Bale is not worth that amount of money and there are far better areas where the money could be spent. • “I think it is disgusting that they can afford to pay that kind of money, especially with the situation most expats are experiencing, with illegal homes and unemployment because of the bad state of the construction industry, said George Morris, a retired lorry driver from Cantoria (Almeria). He added: “There seems to be more poverty now in Spain with normal people helping each other out by collecting food for food banks.” • Keith Fowler, 69, retired from Baza (Granada) said: “The Spanish are passionate

€100 million to buy footballer Gareth Bale. That sort of money could buy 12.5 million menus del dia (at €8) or pay for 3,700 nurses for a year

THOMAS - It’s EU money. about football and after all Real Madrid is a business, but no player is worth that kind of money. Ordinary Spanish people are probably not too happy about it.” • Connor Cary, aged 22 from Monaghan, Ireland, agreed: “He’s overrated and I think it is stupid money, but it is hard to put a price on it.” He has a different theory as to why the sport could involve such high sums of money:

CONNOR - Bale is overrated and not worth that amount of money.

STREET TALK “It’s publicity, it gets people’s interest.” • Sandra Whiley, aged 65, also agrees. As a former nurse now retired on the

(average cost €27,000 each). We asked the question: Do you think given the circumstances, this money could be better spent elsewhere?

SIMONE - Spend on youth. Orihuela Costa, (Alicante) she was shocked at figures that his transfer was the equivalent of paying 3,700 nurses for a year: “Nothing can be right about that, I know movie stars and pop stars are paid a lot also, but at the end of the day I think the football world is crazy with the amount paid to players for a few games and training each week. A lot of them are not exactly good

role models.” • The money would be best spent anywhere other than football is another opinion. “It’s European Union Money they’ve spent, so I think spending it on anything else would be better than spending it on football,” says Thomas Tukya, 36, from Sweden on holiday on the Costa del Sol. • Simone Harding, 38 who lives in Riviera on the Costa del Sol has a clear idea where the money could be spent. She said: “I think the money would be better spent amongst the youth and the community and setting up more support for young people and families.”

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Workers follow the routine MILLIONS of workers in Britain eat the same thing for lunch every day, according to a new study. Researchers looking at the habits of workers found that one in eight kept their lunch the same, with 70 per cent saying they had been eating the same thing for as long as they can remember. Amongst the 2,000 workers questioned, ham sandwiches were the most popular choice for lunch followed by cheese and chicken sandwiches. One fifth have something shop bought and one in 10 eat in the staff canteen. Seven in 10 people said they eat the same thing day after day mainly because ‘it’s easy,’ while cheapness and simply following the routine were also big factors.

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Tasty food is star of the show at Snooker Bistro SUPER food is relegating snooker to the sidelines at the Snooker Bistro in El Toro. Over seven years the restaurant has built up a reputation for serving the best food for miles around. That is thanks to head chef Michel Torque and his ability to come up with wonderful dishes time after time. With all the ingredients carefully selected the food, with its wonderful taste and appealing presentation certainly has

that ‘wow’ factor. Michel has been hard at work preparing the autumn and winter menu with plenty of choice and new ideas to satisfy every taste. The stylish and elegant establishment is well designed and comfortable with lots of those little ‘extra touches’ that make it a memorable place to eat. Once inside customers

will immediately realise the snooker table tucked away at the rear is just a small part of the business. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the restaurant is now serving a three course lunch from 1pm to 4pm and Friday is ‘all day’ fish and chips. A Saturday all you can eat barbecue is on the cards and on Sunday roast dinners are on the menu.

Always available are Michel’s famous mussels plus some wonderful dishes such as fillet steak wrapped in bacon with red wine sauce or oven baked sea bass and home made deserts. Open TuesdaySunday 1pm to 11pm all winter. Snooker Bistro Gran Via 49 El Toro. Call 971 234 168 to reserve or for more information.

Wine better without engines ENVIRONMENTAL awareness and the use of renewable energies have reached a new milestone in Denmark. Twenty thousand bottles of organic wine were transported from France to Copenhagen on a three masted boat. Sune Rosworth, owner of importing company Rosworth & Rosworth, decided to load the organic cargo on a traditional boat for conservation reasons.

When asked about the difference this traditional means of transport makes, Rosworth answered the wine keeps its properties and at the same time the environment is preserved. “We care deeply about the wine we import, and this is the best way to preserve the energy put by the producers in their organic wine,” she added, but some experts are sceptical. Danish wine expert Niels Small Lund

BEFORE we know it, the nights will be drawing in and the mornings may be cold and damp. But people can keep that fresh summer feeling by boosting their intake of essential minerals and vitamins. Top five foods to help with energy and make people feel more active include: Bananas: An instant energy source and they are a good source of potassium. Lentils: Rich in amino-acids, protein, minerals and vitamins, they can replace rice or pasta in almost any recipe and are rich in fibre. Oatmeal: A primary energy boosting food, oatmeal is a good complex carbohydrate which helps control blood glucose levels and helps people feel fuller for longer. Eggs: A good source of energy, eggs are rich in protein, amino acids and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are vital for muscle growth, a powerful immune system and brain power. Walnuts: are usually regarded as ‘brainfood’ due to their high concentration of omega-3 essential fats.


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Use your gardening books to help improve your Spanish MANY expatriates come to Spain to enjoy the climate, food, culture and generally relaxed way of life. Many also have a Dick Handscombe determination, at first at least, Gardening to learn some Corner Spanish to be By Spain’s best able to shop, known expatriate find their way gardening author living in Spain around Spanish for 25 years. menus, buy things in the Spanish neighbours. local store, speak to the Spanish Some make speedy progress gardener and be friendly with by concentrating from day one

LEARN PLANT NAMES: This will help you to open up a discussion with your Spanish gardener or when in a garden centre.

on being able to speak. They listen to a little Spanish TV, if only the news or a football match to

start with, read the headlines and gradually read the contents of Spanish newspapers. They also make shopping lists for the garden centre, agricultural cooperatives and agricultural/garden machine shops and write out a few basic questions as openers to find

things if they are not obviously on display. Others soon give up because of the way Spanish is taught, with months of concentration on grammar, the reading for a few minutes of a novel by a Literary Nobel Prize winner such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the studying of the 13 cases of the subjunctive. You could write a text along the lines of Shakespeare before you really get around to trying to talk in public. This can be a soul destroying process, as I initially experienced


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with a well known Spanish language school. It can be made worse in some popular expatriate areas in that the first time you try out your embryo Spanish, the Spaniard you are addressing says, “Don’t make things difficult for yourself, speak to me in English. I know some and I need the practice to get better.” Since our readers garden, or have a gardener who they would like to design and maintain a garden their way, all our original four major gardening books have useful vocabularies at the back and plant lists/descriptions with botanical, English and Spanish names. The vocabularies are grouped under useful headings such as measurements, commonly useful words, materials, tools, parts of plants, types of plants, gardening verbs, and gardening adjectives. Take these gardening books out of the book case and: • Read through them regularly checking each week how many of the words you can remember. • Prepare garden related shopping lists that you could speak about or show Spanish garden centre and shop assistants. • Offer to give your gardener some English coaching in return for him helping you with your Spanish - start this by wandering around the garden together describing each feature plant and problem in both languages. • If you have a Spanish teacher lend her your gardening book/s and ask her to concentrate on using gardening words, phrases and sentences during your lesson and to set you relevant homework. I remember writing out my gardening activities for the past week as the basis for a discussion and for my coach to correct my writings. • Use the vegetable and fruit names from the above vegetable and fruit books when preparing food shopping lists. Best of luck in making progress during the autumn and enjoying Spain even more than you do, or disliking it less. © Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com, gardenspain2@yahoo.com September 2013.

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Joining the trend of wood pallet furniture WOOD PALLETS are the latest trend in decorating homes. Whether varnished, painted or just sanded, this good value material provides many possibilities. Wood pallets are easy to handle as they are light and can be transported without difficulty. In addition, they can be given any shape using basic tools present at home. Side tables made of wood pallets are a good example of the versatility of this material. They will turn into a piece that can be used inside or outside the home just by adding a set

of wheels to the base. Making a pallet sofa only takes flexible foam, a couple of cushions and the desired furniture fabric. They change any room by turning empty spaces into a lovely corner to read or to just lie down and relax. Books and magazines can be stored inside to make the most of the space. A change of fabric and colour and the pallet sofa will be adapted to the latest trend. A different and bolder approach to wood pallets as furniture is to use them as bed headboards. Their natural wood tone

PALLET SOFA: Suitable for interior and exterior spaces. especially suits bedrooms painted in white or beige, although they can always be painted to fit to any environment. Wood pallets also make good storage furniture. Stacking wood pallets would make an original shoe rack, and nailing them to a wall would turn them into shelves. Space will no longer be a problem as these pieces can be easily made bigger or, if necessary, smaller.

Do it yourself with washi tape DECORATING a room in an original way doesn’t have to take much money. All that is needed is the will to do it, a little time and Japanese washi tape. This versatile item is essentially a decorative masking tape that can be applied on any surface. It can be used to turn a plain item

into a ‘design object.’ Washi tape is completely natural, made of plant fibre and offers a delicate smooth touch. The tape is easy to remove and reapply without leaving adhesive residue or damaging the surface to which it has

been applied. Washi tape is available in different colours and textures to suit every environment or situation. It can even be written on for additional customisation to turn the most basic of items into something special by adding a touch of colour.

VERSATILE: Washi tape will turn a basic item into a design object.

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SUMMER has come to an end, most friends and visitors have gone back home, or perhaps it was you who decided to seek relief from the soaring temperatures, and go back home during the hot summer months. Now that you are back however, and things are slowly returning to normal, you do want to keep in touch with everyone, without having to break the bank. There’s good news because MÁSMÓVIL continues to beat the ‘big three’, offering the cheapest mobile phone and Internet rates, from as little as 4 cents per minute for calls to international landlines! What’s more, MÁSMÓVIL has just launched a new rate plan, the ‘Tarifa Cero in Pay-

KEEP IN CONTACT: Loved ones might have returned home after the summer but you can call cheaply. As-You-Go mode’, which means you can make domestic calls to mobiles and landlines for 0 cents/minute, and from the sixth minute,

you then pay just 3 cents/minute. You can enjoy high-speed mobile internet from just €6.90 per month for 500 MB,

which is renewable automatically to make things easier if you wish, but remember, MÁSMÓVIL doesn’t have any

permanence clauses, so you may leave whenever you want. And when you do decide to go home, be it for a couple of days, weeks or even months, you simply ‘park’ your mobile number and Internet until you come back, so you’ll avoid expensive roaming charges. There’s really no need for you to stay with the ‘big three’ any longer. MÁSMÓVIL has distributors all over Spain. Visit www.masmovil.es for one near you. Dedicated English, Spanish, German, Scandinavian and Russian speaking staff will answer any questions you may have, on toll-free number 1473. Over 150,000 satisfied customers can’t be wrong.

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Don’t fall foul of foreign customs WHEREVER you’re travelling, the chances are they do things differently there. That’s why it’s essential to research the dos and don’ts of your destination, along with taking out proper travel insurance and getting any necessary health jabs. Break the law when you’re abroad, and you could end up facing whopping fines or even arrest... things that no travel insurance policy is designed to cover you for. Yet that is exactly the situation that many travellers continue to face every year, says a recent report by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The report has highlighted a sharp rise in the number of Brits getting into trouble in Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands. More than a quarter of all cases requiring consular help involved arrests or detentions. Many of these could have been avoided by reading the relevant country advice on the FCO website www.gov.uk/foreigntravel-advice. Finding out what not to do in when in Rome - or Rangoon - takes only minutes. In fact, behaviour that would hardly raise an eyebrow back home can land you in hot water in some countries.

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GLOBELINK INTERNATIONAL Bound for Barbados? Then you’d better leave the army fatigues at home: wearing camouflage clothing is illegal there, even for children. In Singapore, some anti-social offences may sound like the answers in a game of Trivial Pursuit - but there’s nothing trivial about the fines they attract. The list includes chewing gum in the subway, immoderate displays of affection in public and failing to flush a public convenience after use (and yes, we’re told there really are spot-checks!) Only this summer, some unwary British and Irish expatriates in Portugal showed how easy it is to be caught out by laws that differ from ‘back home’. They were

BE PREPARED: Local knowledge a must. given heavy fines in court for playing bingo, so breaking the country’s tough anti-gambling laws. Meanwhile, in several Italian cities, mayors are clamping down on unsightly snacking around historic monuments, so don’t be tempted to unwrap your panini on the church steps or you could end up out of pocket. As for the Netherlands, the traveller

trouble is easily explained. Amsterdam is known for being tolerant on soft drugs, but some take that as meaning ‘anything goes.’ It doesn’t. If found in possession of drugs outside the designated places, you could end up in jail. The UAE deserves a mention too. Of the million or so Britons that go there annually, only a handful get into difficulty, but the consequences may be very distressing. For all Dubai’s glitz, its values are Muslim. Women are expected to cover up far more than they would at home, while kissing, swearing or gesticulating aggressively can lead to arrest... a sorry end to a five star holiday. Globelink Travel Insurance is a partner in the FCO’s Know Before You Go scheme, helping Brits travel abroad more safely. For an instant quote and to arrange cover securely online, enabling you to print your policy documents immediately, visit www.globelink..co.uk – the leading travel insurer for people living in EU countries. Or you can telephone Globelink on 0044 1353 699 082 or call their Spanish links line on 966 265 000 or 951 242 434.


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LOWCOSTPARKING.ES Airport Parking opened threeand-a-half years ago in Alicante and since then it has flourished. Nine months ago, Manager, Bruno Tomás, decided to go one step further and opened a second base right next to Palma de Mallorca Airport. The reasons for moving himself and his family to this new adventure in the middle of this difficult crisis were: “Mallorcan residents as well as foreign ones, living in such a beautiful island like Mallorca, deserved a better, cheaper and more personalised service. “Using the knowledge and experiences learned from Alicante’s very successful

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British first-time buyers enticed THE under-40s, that is firsttime buyers, who are priced out of the UK market are increasingly looking to buy property abroad, according to research by foreign exchange specialists Moneycorp. House prices continue to rise across the UK due to government mortgage

schemes and cheap fixed-rate mortgages encouraging people to buy. This raises fears that a new property bubble could emerge. Should this happen it could make purchasing property increasingly difficult for those trying to buy their first home.

A study by foreign exchange specialists Moneycorp has indicated that the number of 19 to 28-yearolds using their services to buy properties abroad increased dramatically in 2012. The base numbers are low and only show an increase

from three to 11 people, but Moneycorp has said this shows the growing interest in overseas properties in this age group. The research also shows the number of British residents in their 30s buying abroad increased by 25 per cent from 50 people in 2009

to 79 people in 2012. However despite Spain being a large contender, America has become the most popular destination for overseas buyers aged 19 to 38 who are seemingly making the most of an improving jobs market and the large plots of land on offer.

IN CASH: Foreign buyers bought 17 per cent of homes sold in Spain with no mortgage.

Crisis means more homes bought for cash in Spain SEVEN out of 10 homes purchased today in Spain are paid for in cash. Of those 17 per cent are bought by foreign buyers, according to the Spanish Ministry of Public Works. Buyers are mostly retired people from Britain, Belgium, France and Russia who have been waiting for the prices to fall in order to buy a house in the sun. Before the economic crisis, 37.3 per cent of the houses sold in Spain were bought without obtaining a loan.

Today, this figure has doubled, and up to June 2013 they represented almost 68.6 per cent of operations, according to the National Council of Notaries. Among the reasons to explain this trend is a strong decrease of prices that allows people to buy a home without a mortgage. In fact, prices of homes on the coast of Spain have decreased by more than 50 per cent in real terms, according to a study carried out by the Pompeu Fabra University. Foreign people represent 36.3 per cent of buyers in Girona, 39.9

per cent in Malaga and 40.5 per cent in Tenerife. In Alicante, 54.2 per cent of buyers are from abroad. They come mainly from Britain, Belgium, France and Russia, although more Algerian buyers are interested in buying a home there due to its good connections with the city of Oran. However, the increase of homes purchased in cash has a negative side. It means getting a loan in Spain is more difficult, so many have to turn to their savings or ask their families for help.


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Technology and fashion meet ITALIAN fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna and car manufacturer Maserati have joined forces to create a luxury concept car. The Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car will be unveiled at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show to be held until September 22. The concept car features a unique

INTERIOR: Designed by luxury fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna.

new look in colour scheme, materials and finish say the designers. The exterior of the car features a special effect paint finish that simulates the fluidity and purity of metal, by using ultra-fine aluminium pigments, say the designers. The platinum metal colour effect finish is warmly nuanced to express the car’s classic and technically advanced character, according to the UNIQUE FINISH: manufacturer. Using ultra-fine The material and aluminium chromatic research behind pigments. the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition is based on a play between the classical and the contemporary. A leading role in this concept car is played by its interior. Classical warm hues like mocha and greige (raw silk) are reinterpreted in a modern key to emulate Zegna’s latest men’s fashion collection. powerful when viewing the Interior components concept car from the side. such as seats, door panels A low bonnet, roof, and and roof lining are the five-spoke, 21-inch finished in genuine soft wheels contribute to create leather. an elegant impression. In addition, a velvety, The face of the Volvo smooth, bright fabric Concept Coupe is conveys a formal, characterised by a new sophisticated character topography on the bonnet based on Zegna’s and the floating grille. experience. The blue-grey exterior Presented as a limited is echoed on the inside edition concept, the car is with refined, handcrafted intended for development elements including the into a production version leather instrument panel. in 2014.

The new Volvo Concept Coupe portays an elegant confidence SWEDISH manufacturer Volvo has now unveiled the prototype of its new car.

The new Volvo Concept Coupe is the first of a series of three concept cars

inspired by contemporary Scandinavian lifestyle and design. “This concept car reveals how we could shape our cars from now on,” said Thomas Ingenlath new Senior Vice President of Design at Volvo about his first design. The Volvo Concept Coupe features a powerful and efficient petrol plug-in hybrid. A two-litre highperformance Drive-E petrol

engine with a supercharger and turbo is teamed up with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives the concept car a total output of around 400 hp and over 600 Nm of torque. The concept car has been designed to create a powerful visual impact. The distance between the dashboard and the front axle has been extended to make new proportions which are more


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9

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Murcia

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7

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Córdoba

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Recreativo

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4

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6

6

Eibar

7

4

2

1

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Numancia

6

4

1

3

0

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6

4

2

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5

4

1

2

1

6

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Hércules

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3

4

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Tenerife

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Nadal claims 13th Grand Slam title CAN he catch Federer? That is the question on many people’s lips after Rafa Nadal scooped his second US Open title and 13th Grand Slam. That leaves him four behind the Swiss master’s record. But with the incredible form Rafa has been showing since his return from injury anything is on the cards. Of course there is still a chance that Federer can add to his own tally of Grand Slams. On Monday Rafael Nadal took a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. “Probably only my team

knows how much [today’s match] means for me,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation. “Playing against Novak always is a very special feeling. Probably nobody brings my game to the limit like Novak did.” Nadal earned a total of $3.6 million (€2.7 million), including $1 million (€752,000) in bonus prize money for winning the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge. With this result, the Mallorcan has improved his record to a perfect 22-0 on hard courts this season.

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IN the Premiership on Saturday, Manchester United take on Crystal Palace, neighbours City visit Stoke, Arsenal travel to Sunderland, Aston Villa play Newcastle, Everton welcome Chelsea, Fulham entertain WBA, Hull meet Cardiff and Norwich visit Spurs. Twenty-four hours later it’s Southampton v West Ham. On Monday evening, Liverpool will be hoping to retain top spot when

they go to Swansea. Also this weekend, there are full programmes in the Championship, Leagues One and Two and in Scotland, while the top La Liga games feature Atletico Madrid-Almeria, Barcelona-Sevilla, Malaga-Ray Vallecano and Villarreal-Real Madrid. Round 13 of the MotoGP season takes place in San Marino on Sunday when the Spanish trio of Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo hope to finish 1-2-3. And in cricket, the 4th ODI between England and Australia takes place at Cardiff on Saturday. The first was abandoned without a ball being bowled; the

Aussies won the second by 88 runs (courtesy of a majestic century by captain Michael Clarke) and the third took place yesterday at Edgbaston. FORMULA 1 Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix - his sixth victory of the year - to extend his lead in the driver’s championship to 53 points with 175 still available from the last seven races. Fernando Alonso and Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber came second and third in Monza. TENNIS - Serena Williams equalled Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam titles by beating Victoria Azarenka in the women’s final of the US

Open. Steffi Graf holds the women’s Grand Slam record with 22 wins. In the men’s singles showdown at Flushing Meadows, Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic for his 13th Grand Slam. FOOTBALL - Last weekend England moved to the top of group H of the World Cup qualifiers with a 4-0 victory over Moldova. But there were defeats for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Spain also won, 2-0 in Finland. Checking the other qualifying tables, Belgium and Croatia look strong in group A, Italy in B, Germany and Sweden in C, Holland in D, Switzerland in E, Portugal and Russia in F,

Bosnia and Herzovina in G and Spain and Greece in I. On Tuesday, England played a vital group game in Ukraine. RUGBY UNION - The 2013-14 AXA Championship started last weekend and there were opening wins for Sale (22-16 at Gloucester), Northampton (38-11 v Exeter), Harlequins (1611 over Wasps), Saracens 42-20 v London Irish and reigning champions Leicester (32-15 v Worcester). In the internationals, New Zealand beat Argentina 28-13 and South Africa flattened Australia (again) 38-12.

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Newspaper in Spain with the best local news in English from the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axa...